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[hahy-luh] /ˈhaɪ lə/
a tree frog of the genus Hyla.
Origin of hyla
< New Latin (1768), the genus name; Latin Hyla, vocative of Hylās Hylas, a companion of Hercules, alluding to the classical legend of his death in a fountain and the repeated cries made by those seeking him (fancifully compared to the choral calling of frogs of this genus) Unabridged
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  • Page 91, note 8, line 15, for Styla read hyla in both instances.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • The hyla's tremulous cry was the only musical sound to be heard.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
  • Sometimes as in hyla and Alytes there is a fronto-parietal fontanelle.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • hyla, serf and thrall to him, has had never a word of record until now.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • It was at the order of Pierce that hyla had been fishing that evening.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • hyla was a labourer in the mint, and under the orders of Lewin the Jew.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • "Pierce said that I might have some fish to take home," hyla told her humbly.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • It was thus that the serfs lived, and hyla skirted the fold till he came to his own house.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • hyla said nothing for a minute, but remained still and motionless.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • The circle was broken up, and only Cerdic and Harl sat there waiting hyla's return.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for hyla


any tree frog of the genus Hyla, such as H. leucophyllata (white-spotted hyla) of tropical America
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek hulē forest, wood
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