bull·​frog ˈbu̇l-ˌfrȯg How to pronounce bullfrog (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-,
plural bullfrogs
: a heavy-bodied deep-voiced frog (Rana catesbeiana) of the eastern U.S. and southern Canada that has been introduced elsewhere

Examples of bullfrog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Populations have declined from habitat loss, water diversion and competition with nonnative fish and bullfrog species. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2024 In Tucson, Hubbard said, bullfrogs in ponds or at golf courses migrate into the national park. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2024 That the leaves in October were as saffron as the snow would be white, that the mating bullfrogs in spring were as loud as the winter mountains had been silent. Kathleen Alcott, Harper's Magazine, 8 Apr. 2022 These include the American bullfrog and the African clawed frog, which may act as carriers. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 2 May 2023 Evenings include gazing at a sky full of stars and falling asleep to the sounds of chirping bullfrogs. 9. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 Permanent bodies of water can also provide good habitat for invasive fish and bullfrogs that prey on the salamanders' eggs and larva. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2023 Our first question is: Is this even a bullfrog? oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2022 Some people eat bullfrog, some do not. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bullfrog was in 1698

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“Bullfrog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfrog. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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bull·​frog -ˌfrȯg How to pronounce bullfrog (audio)
: a large heavy frog that makes a booming or bellowing sound

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