any of several nocturnal toads of the family Pelobatidae, common in the Northern Hemisphere, characterized by a horny, spadelike projection on each hind foot for burrowing under the soil.
noun, plural spadefuls. 1. the amount that can be dug out with or carried on a spade.
- Spade guinea
noun 1. (Brit, history) a guinea decorated with a spade-shaped shield, coined during the reign of George III
noun 1. a tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the blade usually narrower and flatter than that of a shovel. 2. some implement, piece, or part resembling this. 3. a […]
noun 1. preliminary or initial work, such as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based. noun 1. dull or routine preparatory work