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[tohd-stool] /ˈtoʊdˌstul/
any of various mushrooms having a stalk with an umbrellalike cap, especially the agarics.
a poisonous mushroom, as distinguished from an edible one.
any of various other fleshy fungi, as the puffballs and coral fungi.
1350-1400; Middle English tadstol. See toad, stool Unabridged
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  • They are all probably linked to the use of a hallucinogenic toadstool in ancient rituals.
  • More highly-evolved fungi, such as the toadstool-shaped mushrooms, have caps.
British Dictionary definitions for toadstool


(not in technical use) any basidiomycetous fungus with a capped spore-producing body that is not edible Compare mushroom (sense 1a)
Word Origin
C14: from toad + stool
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Word Origin and History for toadstool

late 14c., apparently just what it looks like: a fanciful name from Middle English tadde "toad" (see toad) + stole "stool" (see stool). Toads themselves were regarded as highly 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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Encyclopedia Article for toadstool

any of various inedible or poisonous species of mushrooms (kingdom Fungi). See mushroom.

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