natterjack

[nat-er-jak]
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noun

a European toad, Bufo calamita, that moves by running.

Nearby words

  1. natron,
  2. natsopa,
  3. natsume,
  4. natta,
  5. natter,
  6. natty,
  7. natura non facit saltum,
  8. natural,
  9. natural aids,
  10. natural antibody

Origin of natterjack

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for natterjack

natterjack

noun

a European toad, Bufo calamita, of sandy regions, having a greyish-brown body marked with reddish warty processes: family Bufonidae

Word Origin for natterjack

C18: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for natterjack

natterjack

n.

1769, rare kind of British toad with a yellow stripe on its back; second element probably proper name jack (q.v.); for first element, Weekley suggests connection with attor "poison" (cf. attercop).

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