tree-frog

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tree-frog any of various Old World arboreal frogs distinguished from true frogs by adhesive suckers on the toes
    • n tree-frog arboreal amphibians usually having adhesive disks at the tip of each toe; of southeast Asia and Australia and America
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The golden tree frog has a croak that sounds like a mallet chipping rock, but in summer it sounds like a tinkling bell.
    • Tree-frog a family of Amphibians, more closely related in structure to the toads than to frogs proper
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treó, treów; Ice. tré, Gr. drus, Sans. dru.

Usage

In literature:

I came upon a busy swarm of little frogs in a swampy place among the trees.
"The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells
It were as reasonable to argue whether God was a frog or a rock or a tree.
"Soul of a Bishop" by H. G. Wells
And down by the lake the wee frogs chirruped, and in the apple-tree the nightingale never ceased from singing.
"Messer Marco Polo" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Old Badger wanted to drink, so Old Frog gnawed into a tree, drew out all the sap and put it in a hollow place.
"Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest" by Katharine Berry Judson
Giant tree-frogs rattled in the foliage as loudly as the end man's "bones" in a minstrel troupe.
"Cabbages and Kings" by O. Henry
A tree frog, a locust, a katydid?
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
So the little boy rabbit and the little frog, who was such a good jumper, played marbles under the trees in the big woods.
"Sammie and Susie Littletail" by Howard R. Garis
Frogs, 318. tree frogs, 319, 320.
"Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon" by J. Emerson Tennent
Some of these were evidently Bird, some Insect, and a few were recognized as Tree-frog notes.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
But little Hyla, the tree-frog, was nothing daunted.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Under these trees the idlers lounge, boys play at leap-frog, men at bowls.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The frogs were croaking in the pond, and the birds singing on the trees.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
Soon the big yellow disc of the moon rose above the tree-tops and all was silent except for the croaking of the frogs.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
Among them are several prettily-coloured tree-frogs.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
The habits of the tree frogs and their variable coloration.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
Sure enough, the tree-frog had taken alarm, and was hobbling away out of reach.
"The Cricket's Friends" by Virginia W. Johnson
How does the tree-frog change its color?
"Etidorhpa or the End of Earth." by John Uri Lloyd
Elmer saw him gracefully slide around the trunk of the fallen tree and go down with arms and legs sprawled out like an immense frog.
"Endurance Test" by Alan Douglas
I was busy, too; I was breaking off switches from the nut trees to whip the frogs with.
"Short Stories" by Fiodor Dostoievski
From the pond, the surface of which, silvered in one place by the moon, could be seen through the trees, came the voices of the frogs.
"A Russian Proprietor" by Lyof N. Tolstoi
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In poetry:

The wild-bees hum round golden bay,
The green frog sings on fig-tree bole,
And, see! down daisy-whitened way
Come the slow steers and swaying pole.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"God grant the men who spring from me,
As knowledge waxeth deep and splendid,
To find a loftier pedigree
Than any by the Lord intended—
Frog, slug, or tree!
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The silence sounds its frog-bassoon,
Where, on the woodland creek's lagoon,—
Pale as a ghostly girl
Lost 'mid the trees,—looks down the moon
With face of pearl.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
The tree-frog joined with his sonorous call,
The grasshopper chirped along,
The dormice came out of their underground hole,
The squirrels peeped over their pine-tree wall,
To list to the revel song.
"The Forest River." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
"Suppose the April flower-beds,
Down in the garden spaces,
Were made with green frog-blanket spreads
And caterpillar-cases;
Or oak trees locked their trunks to hide
The countless rings they keep inside!
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
'Fessah Frog, he play de co'net, Cricket play de fife,
Slews o' Grasshoppahs a-fiddlin' lak to save dey life;
Mistah Crow, 'he call de figgers, settin' in a tree,
Huh, uh! how dose critters sasshayed was a sight to see.
"De Critters' Dance" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Dumpy Tree Frog Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums.
Red-eyed tree frogs hunt insects by night.
A tree frog sits on a branch in Owings, Maryland, June 8, 2005.
Arizona Mountain Tree Frog .
Tree Frog Canopy Tours opening.
Tree Frog designs baths and kitchens.
Courtesy of Tree Frog Designs.
Tree Frog designs baths and kitchens.
Pacific Tree Frog Click to enlarge.
THE WILD SIDE by Scott Shalaway: Gray tree frogs, masters of disguise .
Gray tree frogs, masters of disguise .
Once upon a time there were a group of tree frogs who arranged a competition.
Frog macro - a red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) isolated on white.
Lately, the Savannah River Ecology Lab research scientist has been shooting lots of turtles, in addition to cottonmouths, tree frogs and other reptiles and amphibians.
We got to the pool and found a shady spot under a tree and made our way to the Frog Pool.
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In science:

The integration of galaxy particles is performed by the leap-frog method with the Tree method for the force estimation.
FAST: A Fully Asynchronous Split Time-Integrator for Self-Gravitating Fluid
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