Middle English Dictionary Entry

tōde n.
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(a) A toad;—also coll.; ?also, a frog; (b) the toad as a malevolent, loathsome creature of hell, a creature of torment; also, a symbol of the devil; (c) fig. a sinful person; (d) as a pejorative epithet for a person; (e) ~ chese, todes hat, a mushroom; ~ hole, a toadhole; ~ stole, q.v.; (f) alch. a name for the ashen or leaden substance to which metals were reduced in the process of transmutation; ~ of the erthe; (g) in surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem.2.174].