Other Word Forms of Toadeater
Origin of Toadeater
toad +"Ž eater, said to allude to an old alleged practice among mountebanks' boys of eating toads (popularly supposed to be poisonous), so that their masters could pretend to effect a cure. Compare toady.
Originally, a charlatan's helper who ate (or pretended to eat) poisonous toads so that his employer could display his prowess in expelling the poison
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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