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hyla

[hahy-luh]
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noun
  1. a tree frog of the genus Hyla.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hyla

hyla

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

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