Definition of spadefoot toad in English:

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spadefoot toad

Pronunciation: /ˌspādfo͝ot ˈtōd/

noun

A plump, short-legged burrowing toad with a prominent sharp-edged tubercle on the hind feet, native to North America and Europe.
  • Family Pelobatidae: several genera, including Scaphiophus (of America) and Pelobates (of Europe), and several species, in particular P. fuscus.
Example sentences
  • The toad doesn't really need us to make him a home, both the spadefoot and Colorado river toad can excavate burrows almost three feet deep.
  • Tadpoles of both Couch's spadefoot toad and the Western spadefoot toad accelerate metamorphosis in response to pond drying.
  • Female spadefoots have ample opportunity to choose mates and can use male call features to assess species identity and quality of potential mates.

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Syllabification: spade·foot toad

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