Definition of toadstool in English:

toadstool

noun

  • The spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically in the form of a rounded cap on a stalk, especially one that is believed to be inedible or poisonous.

    See also mushroom
    • ‘You expect me to believe that your people find their children growing under toadstools?’
    • ‘‘I fell in love with toadstools,’ she explained.’
    • ‘The lamp posts in the park were designed to resemble toadstools, and the light they shed was not strong enough to overcome what was still left of the day.’
    • ‘And their centers had turned into brown patches where it seemed even the little toadstools I had stupidly admired had trouble growing.’
    • ‘In the UK we have an estimated 12,000 species of fungi, many of which produce large and attractively coloured fruit bodies we all know as mushrooms and toadstools.’
    • ‘If the Killarney Town Council delegation pays a visit, they can experience the thrill of sitting on seats that resemble toadstools, surrounded by a little bridge and fountain to create the ultimate Alice in Wonderland experience.’
    • ‘The fungal kingdom is a lot more than mushrooms and toadstools.’
    • ‘And as for the nation, Australia's economic performance looks healthy when homes grow like toadstools, and bleak when the boom subsides.’
    • ‘For instance, the modern tide of new houses springing up round Mayo like concrete toadstools spells death for miles of hedgerows, dry stone walls and the wild-life that depends on such habitat.’
    • ‘On our land, I found evidence of that century-old slaughter in the form of huge, rotting, sawed-off stumps hidden like giant toadstools.’
    • ‘I didn't turn to gardening, of course, beyond helping Graham remove a nest of snails from the back garden and several small colonies of forest toadstools from the front path and grass.’
    • ‘All around the two girls grew large specimens of fungi: mushrooms nearly as tall as them grew from the ground, and toadstools and bracken protruded from the rocky walls in clumps.’
    • ‘My mother, Mary, could often be seen walking around the outskirts of the forest, picking mushrooms and toadstools.’
    • ‘It had high mountains where dragons slept in dark caves and low valleys where tiny sprites slept under toadstools.’
    • ‘The fly agaric or fairy toadstool grows here too, especially under birch along with other woodland fungi.’
    • ‘We collected it, fried it in butter, and relished its delicious taste, while Henrik was convinced that we would soon die in pain, poisoned by ‘these terrible toadstools.’’
    • ‘All that remain, on the grass, are the three large toadstools - or are they mushrooms?’
    • ‘A bevy of professional ‘risk assessors’ has cropped up on TV and radio like toadstools after a summer rain.’
    • ‘Are they the sort that's just darker grass, or dead grass, or the sort with actual toadstools / mushrooms?’
    • ‘They decided to make a collection of all the plants, animals and insects they could find, and smuggled home innumerable beetles, toadstools, dead birds, hedgehogs, frogs, caterpillars and minnows and sloughed snakeskins.’

Origin

Late Middle English: a fanciful name.

Pronunciation

toadstool

/ˈtəʊdstuːl/