tree frog


: any of numerous small anuran amphibians (especially family Hylidae) that often live in trees and typically have adhesive disks on the toes

Examples of tree frog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The property also brings guests close to incredible wildlife with the chance to spot red-eyed tree frogs on nocturnal walks with in-house naturalists and go on daytime excursions to the biodiverse Barú National Wildlife Refuge. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 There was no better promise of the upcoming months of lakeside walks, dewy mornings in the garden, and twilights spent chasing fireflies to the soundtrack of peeping tree frogs. Lily Stewart, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2024 The mating calls of male Panama cross-banded tree frogs are synchronized to confuse bats and midges. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Western toads and tree frogs thrive in the spring water that seeps from the base of an arched alcove fortified with concrete and then into a murky pond where carp cruise beneath a battered life-size rubber duck floating upside down. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Researchers were exploring Mopan Mountain in Yunnan, searching for tree frogs. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Native to Cuba, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, the Cuban tree frog can measure more than 6 inches long, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Erica Van Buren, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024 Cord set about building the Duesenberg Model J, giving it a formidable 420 ci straight-eight engine, which was manufactured by Lycoming (another Cord company) and recognizable by its tree frog–green engine block. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 15 Jan. 2024 But while most tree frogs are on the prowl for night-flying insects, one species is after the sugary nectar in the flowers. Asher Elbein, Scientific American, 6 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tree frog was in 1738

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“Tree frog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tree frog

: any of numerous often tree-dwelling tailless amphibians (as the spring peeper) that typically have adhesive disks on the toes

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