tree frog

noun

Definition of 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 Toughie, a Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog from central Panama, lived at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, "What we lose when animals go extinct," 25 Sep. 2019 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 During the nearly quarter-century that my family has lived in this house, the changes in our neighborhood have become increasingly apparent: fewer trees and wildflowers, fewer bees and butterflies and grasshoppers, fewer tree frogs and songbirds. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: circumstantial," 21 Feb. 2020 The pair adopted their first two frogs — Tubby and Jacques — in February, after seeing an ad on Craigslist about available tree frogs from and owner who was no longer interested in the amphibians. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Trio of Adorable of 'Dumpy Thicc' Frogs Show That Instagram Stardom Isn't Just for Mammals," 8 Jan. 2020 In the mountainous forests of New Guinea, scientists have described a new kind of tree frog whose males sport a single, fleshy spike on their nose. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "New Pinocchio frog species has a strange, pointy nose," 7 June 2019 For example, white nose syndrome was first discovered in a single New York cave in 2007 and has since killed millions of bats, and chytrid fungus is responsible for the demise of tree frogs and about 200 other amphibian species worldwide. Travis Loller, USA TODAY, "Freshwater mussels are dying at an alarming rate and scientists want to know why," 17 Dec. 2019 For example, white nose syndrome was first discovered in a single New York cave in 2007 and has since killed millions of bats, and chytrid fungus is responsible for the demise of tree frogs and about 200 other amphibian species worldwide. Washington Post, "Scientists seeking cause of huge freshwater mussel die-off," 17 Dec. 2019 For all those years the Pacific tree frog has given us their great evening and morning chorus. oregonlive, "What’s harming this Japanese snowbell tree? Ask an expert," 10 Nov. 2019

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1738, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tree%20frog. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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