African clawed frog

variants: or less commonly African clawed toad

Definition of African clawed frog

: a smooth-skinned, tongueless frog (Xenopus laevis) native to sub-Saharan Africa that has webbed feet with sharp black claws on the inner three toes and is often used in biological research (as in the study of genetics and animal development)

called also clawed frog, platanna

First Known Use of African clawed frog

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“African clawed frog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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