wood frog


: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Alaska does have a few amphibians, such as the wood frog, which can freeze itself solid to survive cold winters. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2021 During his research, Larson collected 18 wood frogs in Fairbanks and fitted them with tiny glue-on transmitters. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2019 Sikes sent the photos to Don Larson, who just defended his UAF Ph.D. research on parasites that live within wood frogs. Anchorage Daily News, 26 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

wood frog

: 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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