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 That’s the case for the poison dart frog of South America: a colorful killer that releases poison through its skin and is considered one of Earth's most toxic creatures. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2023 Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland were curious if the dyeing poison dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) had cannibalistic behavior. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2022 One famous example is the poison dart frog, which releases a harmful chemical that could kill a human within minutes, according to Miller. Carina Woudenberg, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2022 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, 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, 14 June 2019 Blue poison dart frog males go to lengths to keep their offspring alive. National Geographic, 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, 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, 13 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of poison dart frog was in 1968

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“Poison dart frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poison%20dart%20frog. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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