co·​qui | \ kō-ˈkē How to pronounce coqui (audio) \

Definition of coqui

: a small chiefly nocturnal arboreal frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) native to Puerto Rico that has a high-pitched call and has been introduced into Hawaii and southern Florida

Examples of coqui in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To learn more about the frog, the rain forest, and everything Puerto Rico has to offer visitors in the future, and to adopt your own little coqui, visit the Discover Puerto Rico website now. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Puerto Rico Wants You to 'Adopt' an Adorable Little Frog This Holiday Season," 21 Dec. 2020 If the trend holds, the calls of male coqui frogs could be 17 percent shorter — and as much as 12 percent higher in frequency — by the end of the century. Emily Anthes, New York Times, "The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping," 21 Apr. 2020 Some of the questions pertained to the island's food and geography and naming the indigenous frog that inhabits Puerto Rico -- the coqui. Fox News, "Lawsuit accuses Georgia of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants," 4 July 2019 Along the crowded avenue, the sound systems boomed, floats of musicians strummed the small 10-string guitar called the cuatro, a marcher in a giant frog costume embodying the coqui, Puerto Rico’s unofficial mascot, drew cheers. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade," 10 June 2018 The coqui frogs, the soundtrack of Puerto Rico, are screeching. Jasmine Garsd, USA TODAY, "San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Trump exchange: 'I don't give a (expletive)'," 11 Oct. 2017 At the visitors center, read up on local flora and fauna like the indigenous saffron Taino Indians used to paint their bodies with and the coqui frog— Maria Carter, Country Living, "If You're Only Visiting San Juan, You're Doing Puerto Rico Wrong," 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of coqui

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coqui

American Spanish coquí

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“Coqui.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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