leopard frog


: a common frog (Rana pipiens) of northern North America that is bright green or brown with large black white-margined blotches on the back
also : a similar frog (R. sphenocephala) chiefly of the southeastern U.S.

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Examples of leopard frog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jaguars, leopard frogs, condors:Here are some of Arizona's most imperiled species Is a bobcat the same as a lynx? The Arizona Republic, 25 Jan. 2024 Wildlife in danger:Jaguars, leopard frogs, condors: Here are some of Arizona's most imperiled species Jake Frederico covers environment issues for The Arizona Republic and azcentral. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2023 Chiricahua leopard frog slowly recovering Once found in more than 400 aquatic sites in the Southwest, the Chiricahua leopard frog is now found at fewer than 80. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2023 Wisconsin has eleven species of frogs: American bullfrog, Blanchard's cricket frog, boreal chorus frog, Cope's gray treefrog, gray treefrog, green frog, mink frog, northern leopard frog, pickerel frog, spring peeper and wood frog; as well as one toad, the American toad. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021 In this image, the presence of spherical bodies in the skin cells of a northern leopard frog indicates that the frog is infected. Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2011 The handsome leopard frog was once common in the U.S. Jack El-Hai, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2016 Kuchma stopped suddenly, pointing toward the ground at a leopard frog that swiftly leaped into the dense grass. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 Lowrey didn’t respond to questions about whether leopard frog populations are shrinking as a result of grazing. Joe Duhownik, The Arizona Republic, 22 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leopard frog was in 1839

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“Leopard frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20frog. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

leopard frog

: a common spotted frog of the eastern U.S.

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