spring peeper


Definition of 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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Recent Examples on the Web The air resonated with the trilling of spring peepers seeking mates; a pool may contain thousands. Brandon Keim, New York Times, "Coronavirus Lets Salamanders Own the Road," 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, "Cleveland Metroparks remain open as signs of spring welcome visitors," 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, "It’s official: Summer has begun," 21 June 2018 Take those noisy harbingers of spring, the spring peeper. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Immersed In Life For Vernal Pool Training," 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, "Annual amphibian journey program to begin at Summit Metro Parks, if conditions are just right," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of spring peeper

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Spring peeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20peeper. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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spring peeper

spring peep·​er | \ -ˈpē-pər \

Kids Definition of spring peeper

: a small frog that makes a high peeping sound heard mostly in spring

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