spade foot

Origin of spade foot

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of spade foot

  • I found on investigation that the water was moving with spade-foot toads.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The water was almost jellied with their spawn, and a little later was swarming with spade-foot tadpoles.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The one on the left has the Prince's feathers, and all of them show the slender leg which in two of them ends in the spade-foot.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • The legs were generally much more slender than the Chippendale and often ended in what is known as a spade-foot.

    Remodeled Farmhouses

    Mary H. Northend


British Dictionary definitions for spade foot

spade foot

noun
  1. a spadelike projection at the end of a chair leg
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