from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of Australian birds: now called Drymodes.
  • noun A genus of toads, of the family Cystignathidæ, containing such species as H. oxyrhynchus of the West Indies. They resemble tree-toads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The piping frog (Hyla Pickeringii), a small American tree frog, which in early spring, while breeding in swamps and ditches, sings with high, shrill, but musical, notes.


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  • When we reached the lake, about half past eight in the evening, it was still steadily raining, and harder than before; and, in that fresh, cool atmosphere, the hylodes were peeping and the toads ringing about the lake universally, as in the spring with us.

    The Maine Woods 1858

  • We also heard the hylodes and tree-toads, and the lumberers singing in their camp a quarter of a mile off.

    The Maine Woods 1858

  • He imitated it at my request, making a low whistling note, -- pheet -- pheet, -- two or three times repeated, somewhat like the peep of the hylodes, but not so loud.

    The Maine Woods 1858

  • I learn that one farmer, seeing me standing a long time still in the midst of a pool (I was watching for hylodes), said that it was his father, who had been drinking some of Pat Haggety's rum, and had lost his way home.

    The Blog of Henry David Thoreau 2010


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