Definition of midwife toad in English:

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midwife toad

Pronunciation: /ˈmidˌwīf tōd/


A European toad, the male of which has a distinctive piping call in spring and carries the developing eggs wrapped around his hind legs.
  • Alytes obstetricans, family Discoglossidae.
Example sentences
  • After fertilizing eggs, the male of the European midwife toad pushes his legs into the string of eggs until they are wound around his waist and legs.
  • While a handful of amphibians have started to recover with reintroduction programs, such as the Mallorcan midwife toad, the prospects may be more dire for amphibians than for birds.
  • A total of 794 species were considered at risk, including the Indian pygmy hog, the Mallorcan midwife toad and the golden-crowned sifaka of Madagascar.

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Syllabification: mid·wife toad

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