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spring peeper

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noun

a tree frog, Hyla crucifer, having an X-shaped mark on the back and voicing a shrill call commonly heard near ponds and swamps of eastern North America in the early spring.

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Origin of spring peeper

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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