spade foot

noun (1)

Definition of spade foot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a terminal enlargement of the straight square furniture leg especially of the late 18th century that sweeps outward in an abrupt curve on each side and then gradually tapers downward


noun (2)
variants: or spadefoot toad
plural spadefoots or spadefoot toads

Definition of spadefoot (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of several burrowing toads of the family Pelobatidae in which the inner bone of the tarsus has a strong sharp-edged horny sheath with which they dig

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Noun (2)

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Spade foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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