donder padda, noun phrase

Forms:
Also donder paade, donder padde.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch donder thunder + padde (obsolete dialectal form of pad) frog, toad; see quotation 1937.
obs.
Either of two species of frog.
a. The bullfrog Pyxicephalus adspersus of the Ranidae. See also blaasop sense 3. Also figurative.
1856 F.P. Fleming Sn Afr. 409The ‘Monster Toad of Kaffraria’, called by the Dutch the ‘Donder paade’. This is a large ugly-looking monster, about eleven inches or a foot in length.
1856 F.P. Fleming Sn Afr. 411The head [of the wine cask] was immediately stove in when an immense ‘Donderpaade,’ or Monster Toad, was found in it.
1870 C. Hamilton Life & Sport in S.-E. Afr. 213The peaceful twilight is soon disturbed by..the incessant and discordant croaking of the ‘donder-paade’, or monster toad, whose voice was predominant amid the splashing of the large game in the water.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 149Donder padde, (D. donder, thunder; pad, toad.) (1) The Dutch name for the Bull-podder.., which all animals seem to dread. (2) The expression is also applied to a passionate man, a bully, a boaster.
b. Breviceps parvus of the Microhylidae; reen-padda, see padda sense 1 c; also called rain frog.
1937 Guide to Vertebrate Fauna of E. Cape Prov. (Albany Mus.) 116Breviceps parvus, Donder Padda, Jan Blom. At once recognised by the swollen body, very short limbs, very short snout with narrow mouth...Vocalising is at the maximum during the afternoon, specially after storm showers.
Either of two species of frog.
The bullfrog Pyxicephalus adspersus of the Ranidae.
Breviceps parvus of the Microhylidae; reen-padda, see padda1 c; also called rain frog.

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