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rain frog, noun phrase

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See quotations 1937 and 1970.
Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, especially B. verrucosus; also called blaasop (sense 3). Now often with distinguishing epithet denoting a particular species of frog, see quotations since 1979. See also donder padda sense b.
1929 W. Rose Veld & Vlei 47His other common name is ‘Reen Padda’ or ‘Rain Frog,’ which probably indicates a propensity to emerge from concealment at the advent of rain.
1994 Afr. Wildlife Vol.48 No.4, 47 (advt)The Bushveld rain frog (Breviceps adspersus). It is one of about 12 species of rain frog occurring in southern Africa.
Any of several species of burrowing frog of the genus Breviceps of the Microhylidae, especially B. verrucosus; also called blaasop (sense 3). Now often with distinguishing epithet denoting a particular species of frog, see quotations since 1979.

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