hyla

[ hahy-luh ]
/ ˈhaɪ lə /

noun

a tree frog of the genus Hyla.

Nearby words

  1. hygrostat,
  2. hygrothermograph,
  3. hygroton,
  4. hying,
  5. hyksos,
  6. hylas,
  7. hylo-,
  8. hylomorphic,
  9. hylomorphism,
  10. hylophagous

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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British Dictionary definitions for hyla

hyla

/ (ˈhaɪlə) /

noun

any tree frog of the genus Hyla, such as H. leucophyllata (white-spotted hyla) of tropical America

Word Origin for hyla

C19: from New Latin, from Greek hulē forest, wood

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