: 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

Word History


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

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“Dendrobates.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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