natterjack

natterjack

[nat-er-jak]
noun
a European toad, Bufo calamita, that moves by running.

Origin:
1760–70; origin uncertain

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natterjack (ˈnætəˌdʒæk)
 
n
a European toad, Bufo calamita, of sandy regions, having a greyish-brown body marked with reddish warty processes: family Bufonidae
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

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natterjack
1769, rare kind of 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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