Dendrobates

noun

Den·​drob·​a·​tes
denˈdräbətˌēz
: 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

Etymology

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 25 Jul. 2024.

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