Dendrobates

noun
Den·​drob·​a·​tes | \ denˈdräbətˌēz \

Definition of Dendrobates

: a genus of toothless mostly small brightly colored tropical American frogs of the family Ranidae having a poisonous skin secretion that has been used by certain Central American Indians as an arrow poison

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History and Etymology for Dendrobates

New Latin, from dendr- + -bates; probably influenced by Greek dendrobatein to climb trees

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“Dendrobates.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dendrobates. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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