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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
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism
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spadefoot toad

relatively smooth-skinned amphibian of either the Old World genus Pelobates or of the genera Scaphiopus and Spea of North America. All spadefoot toads are classified in the family Pelobatidae. Spadefoot toads have a broad, horny "spade" projecting from the inside of each hind foot and used by the animals in burrowing.

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