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Line breaks: pla|tanna
Pronunciation: /plaˈtanə

Definition of platanna in English:


South African term for clawed frog.
Example sentences
  • We examined a snoring puddle frog, a common platanna, a common river frog and another bean-sized frog whose transparent bubble-like throat pouch amplifies its call so it can be heard a kilometre away.


mid 19th century: from Afrikaans, apparently from Dutch plat 'flat' + -hander, literally 'handed one'.

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