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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Examples of spring peeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the pitch-black night, the sounds of spring peepers filling the air, headlamps twinkle in the distance as Chris Neri and Nova Mackentley stroll through a half-mile loop of woods at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza, Freep.com, 8 May 2023 With a chorus of spring peepers calling, expedition leader Bryan Windmiller, director of field conservation at Zoo New England, gave instructions for the group to spread out and begin the search. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 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 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 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 23 Feb. 2024.

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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