- 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)
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Examples from the Web for hyla
Page 91, note 8, line 15, for Styla read Hyla in both instances.Microcosmography
The hyla's tremulous cry was the only musical sound to be heard.Birds in the Bush
Sometimes as in Hyla and Alytes there is a fronto-parietal fontanelle.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
The circle was broken up, and only Cerdic and Harl sat there waiting Hyla's return.
Hyla said nothing for a minute, but remained still and motionless.
- any tree frog of the genus Hyla, such as H. leucophyllata (white-spotted hyla) of tropical America
C19: from New Latin, from Greek hulē forest, wood
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