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'Toad' etymology

“Toad (n.)
c. 1300, from late Old English tadige, tadie, of unknown origin and according to OED with no known cognates outside English. Applied to loathsome persons from 1560s. Toad-strangler “heavy rain” is from 1919, U.S. Southern dialectal.

source: Online Etymology Dictionary

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