toad-stool

toadstool

[tohd-stool]
noun
1.
any of various mushrooms having a stalk with an umbrellalike cap, especially the agarics.
2.
a poisonous mushroom, as distinguished from an edible one.
3.
any of various other fleshy fungi, as the puffballs and coral fungi.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English tadstol. See toad, stool

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toadstool (ˈtəʊdˌstuːl)
 
n
(not in technical use) Compare mushroom any basidiomycetous fungus with a capped spore-producing body that is not edible
 
[C14: from toad + stool]

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toadstool
late 14c., apparently a fanciful name from M.E. tadde "toad" + stole "stool." Toads themselves were regarded as very poisonous, and this word is popularly restricted to inedible or poisonous fungi, as opposed to mushrooms (e.g. toad-cheese, a poisonous fungi).
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