spadefoot toad

spade·​foot toad | \ ˈspād-ˌfu̇t- How to pronounce spadefoot toad (audio) \

Definition of spadefoot toad

: 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

Examples of spadefoot toad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pfennig’s spadefoot toads in Arizona have ever-shorter time frames to grow from tadpole to toad as the western U.S. sees more droughts and wildfires. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, 26 June 2019 In another study, one Texas feral hog was found with 49 eastern spadefoot toads in its stomach. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 24 Jan. 2018 For instance, spadefoot toads, in the American Southwest, lay their eggs in transient ponds, some no larger than puddles. National Geographic, 19 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of spadefoot toad

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Spadefoot toad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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