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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a flat, horny process on the tarsus of some toads, -- used in burrowing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flattened, leathery projection, found on the hind foot of toads belonging to the genera Scaphiopus, Pelobates, etc. It is used in digging; hence the popular name of spade-foot.

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