Share this entry

Share this page

horned toad

Line breaks: horned toad

Definition of horned toad in English:

noun

1An American lizard that somewhat resembles a toad, with spiny skin and large spines on the head, typically occurring in dry open country. Also called horned lizard.
  • Genus Phrynosoma, family Iguanidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Head on down to the Reptile Depot for desert iguanas from Nevada or horned toads from Texas.
  • She ate the horned toad spitting blood into her eyes, the gila monster leaking venom through her veins, and the prickly pear shooting spears through her tongue.
  • The invading ants typically wipe out many species of native insects and can cause food shortages for insect eaters, such as horned toads, and create crises for ant-dispersed plants.
2A large toad with horn-shaped projections of skin over the eyes, in particular:
  • A SE Asian toad (Megophrys and other genera, family Peltobatidae).A South American toad (Ceratophrys and other genera, family Leptodactylidae).

Definition of horned toad in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure