from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of Australian birds: now called Drymodes.
- n. A genus of toads, of the family Cystignathidæ, containing such species as H. oxyrhynchus of the West Indies. They resemble tree-toads.
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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.
We also heard the hylodes and tree-toads, and the lumberers singing in their camp a quarter of a mile off.
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.
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.