from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A very common European toad, Bufo calamita, belonging to the family Bufonidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A European toad (Bufo calamita), having a yellow line along its back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a toad of species Bufo calamita (or Epidalea calamita), known for its running lizard-like gait and very loud mating call.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun common brownish-yellow short-legged toad of western Europe; runs rather than hops


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  • "Sometimes he went driving with Diana but ... her concentration on speed distressed him. Natterjacks were common in no part of the world—and now on one drive he had been swept past four."

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 48

    March 19, 2008