Spadefoot
Spadefoot Spade"foot` (sp[=a]d"f[oo^]t`), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of burrowing toads of the genus {Scaphiopus}, esp. {Scaphiopus Holbrookii}, of the Eastern United States; -- called also {spade toad}. [1913 Webster]

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  • spadefoot — noun a burrowing toad of the northern hemisphere with a horny spade like projection on each hind foot • Syn: ↑spadefoot toad • Hypernyms: ↑frog, ↑toad, ↑toad frog, ↑anuran, ↑batrachian, ↑salientian …   Useful english dictionary

  • spadefoot — /spayd foot /, n., pl. spadefoots. See spadefoot toad. [1835 45; SPADE1 + FOOT] * * * …   Universalium

  • spadefoot — noun (plural spadefoots) 1》 (usu. spadefoot toad) a plump, short legged burrowing toad with a prominent sharp edged tubercle on the hind feet. [Scaphiophus (America), Pelobates (Europe), and other genera.] 2》 a square enlargement at the end of a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • spadefoot — noun Any of several burrowing toads, of the genus Caphiopus, that has a spadelike appendage on its hind legs …   Wiktionary

  • spadefoot — /ˈspeɪdfʊt/ (say spaydfoot) noun any of several toads of the family Pelobatidae, widely distributed in Europe and Asia, usually in sandy areas, where they burrow into the earth for concealment. {spade1 + foot} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Spadefoot Toad — can refer to: * European Spadefoot Toad * American Spadefoot Toads …   Wikipedia

  • spadefoot toad — [spād′foot΄] n. any of several toads (family Pelobatidae) with a hornlike projection on the hind foot that is used in digging burrows …   English World dictionary

  • spadefoot toad — 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. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * ▪ amphibian       relatively smooth …   Universalium

  • spadefoot toad — noun a burrowing toad of the northern hemisphere with a horny spade like projection on each hind foot • Syn: ↑spadefoot • Hypernyms: ↑frog, ↑toad, ↑toad frog, ↑anuran, ↑batrachian, ↑salientian …   Useful english dictionary

  • spadefoot toad — noun Date: 1867 any of a family (Pelobatidae) of burrowing toads having the inner bone of the tarsus edged with a strong horny sheath with which they dig …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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