EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any of various stones or stonelike objects, formerly supposed to have been formed in the head or body of a toad, worn as jewels or amulets. Origin of toadstone
First recorded in
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The setting is of silver, and the jewel which it carries is called a
Popular names for them are "whinstone," "greenstone," "
toadstone" and "trap."
Last of all he showed me a
toadstone amulet set in silver, a charm to prevent and ward off the spells of fairies.
The lead veins exist in the calcareous strata, but disappear at the limits of the
Dark and weird are the legends relating to the power of the
toadstone, that amulet so highly prized by witches and astrologers. British Dictionary definitions for toadstone noun rare an amygdaloidal basalt occurring in the limestone regions of Derbyshire Word Origin for toadstone
C18: perhaps from a supposed resemblance to a toad's spotted skin
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Word Origin and History for toadstone n.
"stone or stone-like object, supposedly magical (with healing or protective power) and found in the heads of certain toads," is attested from 1550s, from
toad + stone (n.). Translating Greek batrakhites, Medieval Latin bufonites; cf. also French crapaudine (13c.), German krötenstein.
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