Down through the Middle
Ages and into modern times the toad was still freighted with this primitive
cargo of evil. Tosca and taxe may have contributed to the shaping of our words
toad and tad. As we said before, the etymology of toad is unknown. We
must consider the possibility that, by steps that may forever remain obscure,
the Anglo-Saxon words come down to us in toad and tad by lineal descent.
The irregular mutation of -sc- and -x- into d could have been a euphemistic
Except in the Basque
country, we have found no trace of the toad figure in the fungal vocabulary
of Spain, but we possess one straw of evidence indicating that formerly it was
in use. Dr. Stephan F. There is no reason to suppose that
Russia produces more mushrooms than the United States or England.
Almost forty years after Mr. Coxe published his Travels, another English
physician, Dr. Robert Lyall, brought out in 1823 a volume entitled The Character
of the Russians, in which he dwelt at length on the Russians addiction
to mushrooms. He even undertook to record the common names used by
the Russians and to identify them.
The knowledge of edible mushrooms [said Dr.
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