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spadefoot toad

noun
1.
any of several nocturnal toads of the family Pelobatidae, common in the Northern Hemisphere, characterized by a horny, spadelike projection on each hind foot for burrowing under the soil.
Origin of spadefoot toad
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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  • The plains spadefoot toad enters water only to mate.
  • Potholes are also important breeding grounds for many winged insects, and for amphibians such as the spadefoot toad.

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