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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small brownish tree frog (Hyla crucifer) of eastern North America, having a characteristic shrill, high-pitched call.

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  • n. A frog of a particular species (Pseudacris crucifer).

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  • n. a small brown tree toad having a shrill call heard near wetlands of eastern United States and Canada in early spring

Etymologies

It peeps (makes a sound) in the spring (the season). (Wiktionary)

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  • A Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer, synonym Hyla crucifer) is a small tree frog widespread throughout the eastern USA. Spring peepers are nocturnal frogs, so they are mostly heard but not seen. They are especially easy to hear due to their extremely loud mating call which gives them the name "peeper," but it is often hard to pinpoint the source of the sound, especially when many are peeping at once.
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    See also pinkletink

    February 5, 2008