wood frog

noun

: a common North American frog (Rana sylvatica) that inhabits chiefly moist woodlands and is dark brown, yellowish-brown, or pink with a black stripe on each side of the head

Examples of wood frog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barnes’ lab tests, performed on Alaska wood frogs, showed the same thing: 10 degrees is just too cold for a wood frog. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2023 As a wood frog’s body freezes, its liver converts glycogen to sugary glucose. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 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 A false spring—climate change threatens wood frog offspring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 19 Aug. 2022 According to Calsbeek, the frog chorus has a major influence over whether or not a male wood frog finds a mate. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2022 For the first time, researchers from Dartmouth College used modern technology to accurately record how the individual male wood frog’s mating calls contribute to the amphibian choir as a whole. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2022 The resurrection proved the Alaska version of wood frog is a little different from its relatives in the Lower 48. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2023 But come spring, the wood frog reanimates itself and hops off to breed like nothing ever happened. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wood frog was in 1839

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“Wood frog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20frog. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

wood frog

noun
: a common North American frog that is found mostly in moist woodlands and is dark brown, yellowish brown, or pink with a black stripe on each side of the head

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