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[hahy-luh] /ˈhaɪ lə/
a tree frog of the genus Hyla.
Origin of hyla
< New Latin (1768), the genus name; Latin Hyla, vocative of Hylās Hylas, a companion of Hercules, alluding to the classical legend of his death in a fountain and the repeated cries made by those seeking him (fancifully compared to the choral calling of frogs of this genus) Unabridged
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  • With that decision made they fell drinking, for hyla was not to suffer until after the mid-day meal.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • Page 91, note 8, line 15, for Styla read hyla in both instances.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • hyla charadricola resembles bistincta in having relatively short fingers, a slight amount of webbing, and a truncate snout.

  • Sometimes as in hyla and Alytes there is a fronto-parietal fontanelle.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • As hyla sat in the sun he saw Cerdic coming towards him, followed by a little frisking crowd of puppies.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • hyla, serf and thrall to him, has had never a word of record until now.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • Richard Espec would have washed hyla's feet with pleasure—there was precedent, and it was a formal act of humiliation.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • It was at the order of Pierce that hyla had been fishing that evening.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • A man who violently disturbs the society in which he lives and moves, as hyla had done, wants human companionship.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • "Pierce said that I might have some fish to take home," hyla told her humbly.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for hyla


any tree frog of the genus Hyla, such as H. leucophyllata (white-spotted hyla) of tropical America
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek hulē forest, wood
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