northern red-legged frog

noun

: a large, long-legged frog (Rana aurora) native to western North America from British Columbia to northern California that is reddish-brown to greenish-gray with black spots and has red on the undersides of the arms, legs, and abdomen
The northern red-legged frog has been so elusive in recent years that state wildlife officials placed it on the state "Sensitive Species List."Mike Stahlberg, Seattle Times, 11 Apr. 1999

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First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of northern red-legged frog was in 1956

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“Northern red-legged frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/northern%20red-legged%20frog. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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