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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Related Words for hyla

toad, frog, salamander, proteus, caecilian, caudate, newt

Examples from the Web for hyla

Historical Examples of hyla

  • Page 91, note 8, line 15, for Styla read Hyla in both instances.

  • 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

  • The circle was broken up, and only Cerdic and Harl sat there waiting Hyla's return.

    The Serf

    Guy Thorne

  • Hyla said nothing for a minute, but remained still and motionless.

    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 for hyla

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