bull·​frog | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce bullfrog (audio) also ˈbəl-, -ˌfräg \
plural bullfrogs

Definition of bullfrog

: a heavy-bodied deep-voiced frog (Rana catesbeiana) of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada that has been introduced elsewhere

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Recent Examples on the Web For the first time in four decades, Mr. Kitchell won’t spend the third weekend in May trying to get his bullfrogs to jump across a stage in Angels Camp. Will Mccarthy, New York Times, "Another Covid-19 Loss? The Jumping Frog Jubilee," 11 May 2020 The recovery project began 20 years ago when the nonprofit environmental group The Nature Conservancy launched a bullfrog eradication campaign at the 8,400-acre Santa Rosa Plateau to help the red-legged frogs survive. Los Angeles Times, "Race to save rare California frog beats coronavirus lockdown," 9 Apr. 2020 Hyperossification also appears for species that are voracious predators, like Pacman frogs, African bullfrogs, or Soloman Island frogs. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "These spiky frog skulls look more like dinosaur fossils," 4 Apr. 2020 Over the past three years, 3,274 bullfrogs and tadpoles were culled from Turtle Haven and on adjacent U.S. Forest Service property, Bergh said. oregonlive, "Inside the secret preserve that’s bringing baby turtles back to the Columbia gorge (Video)," 30 Oct. 2019 But since the 1960s, nonnative trout, bullfrogs and crayfish have decimated these frogs. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the ‘rock star’ frog breeder vying to save Southern California’s rarest amphibian," 15 Aug. 2019 The family set up a tent in a quiet spot surrounded by trees, close to a murky pond with a chorus of insistent bullfrogs. Erin Clark, BostonGlobe.com, "For one Maine family, the long, hard road from ‘nowhere’ to home," 21 Dec. 2019 Alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor as narrator, elephants might earn top billing, but the documentary features a variety of animals from their diverse ecosystem, including geese and bullfrogs. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Elephant Queen’ documentary delivers drama and emotion on African savanna," 17 Oct. 2019 Before his retirement, Master Chief Boesch was honored as chief SEAL, or bullfrog. Washington Post, "Rudy Boesch, retired Navy SEAL who became fan favorite on ‘Survivor,’ dies at 91," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bullfrog

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullfrog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfrog. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bullfrog

: a large frog that makes a loud, deep sound


bull·​frog | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce bullfrog (audio) , -ˌfräg \

Kids Definition of bullfrog

: a large heavy frog that makes a booming or bellowing sound

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