poison dart frog

noun

Definition of poison dart frog

: any of several small brightly colored frogs (family Dendrobatidae) of tropical Central and South America that produce poisonous secretions sometimes used by native peoples to poison dart or arrow tips

called also poison arrow frog

Examples of poison dart frog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The title of most poisonous animal on Earth is typically given to the beautiful and deadly golden poison dart frog of Columbia—the one-inch-long frog is sometimes drenched in enough poison to kill ten grown men. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Toxic Newts Use Bacteria to Become Deadly Prey," 23 Apr. 2020 That may be why blue poison dart frog dads are so devoted to them—although their version of TLC may strike us as eww. National Geographic, "This Father’s Day, meet 6 extreme animal dads," 14 June 2019 Blue poison dart frog males go to lengths to keep their offspring alive. National Geographic, "This Father’s Day, meet 6 extreme animal dads," 14 June 2019 The same cannot be said of the deadliest of South America’s colorful poison dart frogs, which are full of batrachotoxin but don’t actually produce it. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Poison," 25 Sep. 2018 The striking bright blues, yellows, and oranges of poison dart frogs are a classic example of warning coloration, sending a message to predators to stay away. Michael Allen, Science | AAAS, "How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators," 13 June 2018 In addition to poison dart frogs and venomous snakes, visitors will see exhibits on Snow White, and dangerous creatures in the Aquarium (lionfish, scorpionfish, stonefish, rabbitfish and more). Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in the USA for summer 2018," 4 June 2018 Check out his poison dart frog series — some are in the Smithsonian’s permanent collection — and other vibrantly colored pieces. Harriot Manley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Butte County artists putting their visions into glass," 16 Mar. 2018 The strawberry poison dart frog is my all-time favorite. National Geographic, "Animal Mothers Remind Us a Lot of Our Own," 5 May 2016

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Poison dart frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20dart%20frog. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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