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Related to true frog: Rana sylvatica, Ranidae, wood frog

frog1

(frɒg, frɔg)

n., v. frogged, frog•ging,
adj. n.
1. any tailless stout-bodied amphibian of the order Anura, including the smooth, moist-skinned frog species that live in a damp or semiaquatic habitat and the warty drier-skinned toad species that are mostly terrestrial as adults.
2. Also called true frog , ranid. any frog of the widespread family Ranidae, which are mostly semiaquatic and have smooth, moist skin and long hind legs used for leaping.
3. a slight hoarseness, usu. caused by mucus on the vocal cords: a frog in the throat.
4. (often cap.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a French person or a person of French descent.)
5. a small holder made of heavy material, placed in a bowl or vase to hold flower stems in position.
6. the nut of a violin bow.
v.i.
7. to hunt and catch frogs.
adj.
8. (often cap.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. French or Frenchlike.
[before 1000; Middle English frogge, Old English frogga, frocga]
usage: Definitions 4 and 9 are slurs and should be avoided. These senses are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting.

frog2

(frɒg, frɔg)

n.
1. an ornamental fastening for the front of a coat, consisting of a button and a loop through which it passes.
2. a sheath suspended from a belt and supporting a scabbard.
[1710–20]

frog3

(frɒg, frɔg)

n.
a device at the intersection of two railroad tracks to permit the wheels and flanges on one track to cross or branch from the other.
[1840–50, Amer.; of uncertain orig.]

frog4

(frɒg, frɔg)

n.
a triangular mass of elastic horny substance in the middle of the sole of the foot of a horse or related animal.
[1600–10; compare earlier frush in same sense]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.true frog - insectivorous usually semiaquatic web-footed amphibian with smooth moist skin and long hind legstrue frog - insectivorous usually semiaquatic web-footed amphibian with smooth moist skin and long hind legs
anuran, batrachian, frog, salientian, toad, toad frog - any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
family Ranidae, Ranidae - a family nearly cosmopolitan in distribution: true frogs
Rana sylvatica, wood frog, wood-frog - wide-ranging light-brown frog of moist North American woodlands especially spruce
leopard frog, Rana pipiens, spring frog - common North American green or brownish frog having white-edged dark oval spots
bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana - largest North American frog; highly aquatic with a deep-pitched voice
green frog, Rana clamitans, spring frog - similar to bullfrog; found in or near marshes and ponds; of United States and Canada
cascades frog, Rana cascadae - mountain frog found near water; of United States Northwest to California
goliath frog, Rana goliath - largest living frog; up to a foot and weighing up to 10 lbs; Africa
pickerel frog, Rana palustris - a meadow frog of eastern North America
Rana tarahumarae, tarahumara frog - Mexican frog found within a jump or two of water
grass frog, Rana temporaria - a common semiterrestrial European frog
frog legs - hind legs of frogs used as food; resemble chicken and cooked as chicken
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Spatiotemporal diversification of the true frogs (genus: Rana): A historical framework for a widely studied group of model organisms.
Frogfishes were mistaken for true frogs in the 18th century, which isn't as silly as it sounds.
It is the latest of the true frogs to breed, with breeding activity not occurring until summer.