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tree frog

  1. any of various arboreal frogs, especially of the family Hylidae, usually having adhesive disks at the tip of each toe.
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Origin of tree frog

First recorded in 1730–40
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Examples from the Web for tree frog

Historical Examples of tree frog

  • There are few other sounds, for it is winter, and the tree-frog and cicada are silent.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • This is the song of the tree-frog, sometimes called the tree-toad.

  • These birds feed upon the tree-frog named rai (thunder), and are always seen flying about in the sky during a thunderstorm.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Pickering's tree-frog (Hyla pickeringii) makes the "first note of spring" in the eastern States.

  • Some of 263 these were evidently Bird, some Insect, and a few were recognized as Tree-frog notes.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton

British Dictionary definitions for tree frog

tree frog

  1. any arboreal frog of the family Hylidae, chiefly of SE Asia, Australia, and America. They are strong jumpers and have long toes ending in adhesive discs, which assist in climbing
  2. any of various other arboreal frogs of different families
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