spadefoot-toad

spadefoot toad

noun
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:
1865–70, Americanism

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spadefoot toad

noun
a burrowing toad of the northern hemisphere with a horny spade-like projection on each hind foot [syn: spadefoot
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