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 1550–60; toad + stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

"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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