spring peeper


: a small brown tree frog (Pseudacris crucifer synonym Hyla crucifer) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that has a shrill piping call and breeds in ponds and streams in the spring

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The spring peeper found in the South, the P. c. bartramiana, thrives from southeastern Texas across the Gulf Coast into northern Florida and Georgia. Tom Sater, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 The spring peeper can fit on a quarter and can grow to 1.5 inches long. Tom Sater, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 Amanda West’s favorite sound is the chorus created by spring peeper frogs. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2020 The air resonated with the trilling of spring peepers seeking mates; a pool may contain thousands. Brandon Keim, New York Times, 18 May 2020 Wood frogs, spring peepers and grey tree frogs can be heard in many parks, as well, though the noisy anurans grow quiet as humans approach. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 The spring peepers have long since stopped singing and the tadpoles are beginning their transition into baby frogs. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2018 Take those noisy harbingers of spring, the spring peeper. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, 17 Apr. 2018 Each spring from March to early April, spotted salamanders, woods frogs, spring peepers, Jefferson salamanders and other small amphibians take a journey of one-quarter mile to seasonal vernal pools to lay their eggs. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spring peeper was in 1855

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“Spring peeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20peeper. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

spring peeper


: a small brown tree frog of the eastern U.S. and Canada with a shrill piping call

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