- 1A tailless amphibian with a short squat body, moist smooth skin, and very long hind legs for leaping.
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- Frogs are found in most families of the order Anura, but the ‘true frogs’ are confined to the large family Ranidae, which includes the European common frog (Rana temporaria)
- Around 5,000 amphibian species, including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are thought to exist today.
- Some amphibians we know today include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.
- A similar story can be told for several other species of toads, frogs, salamanders, alligators, and turtles around the world.
- 2 (Frog) • informal , • derogatory A French person.More example sentences
- Can the Boks lift themselves to beat the French or will the Frogs with their typical flair pull a fast one on us?
- Let him give the people of Britain a crack at the enemy for whom our visceral antipathy has never abated - the snail-guzzling, effete, gesticulating, garlic-exhaling Frogs.
- The British media are now too busy bashing the Frogs.
have a frog in one's throat
- • informal Lose one’s voice or find it hard to speak because of hoarseness.More example sentences
- It sounded as though she had a frog in her throat.
- I have always had a frog in my throat but now I have a feeling like something is stuck in my throat.
- When I left Freetown on the helicopter on the first leg of my trip home I had a frog in my throat.
Old English frogga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vors and German Frosch. Used as a general term of abuse in Middle English, the term was applied specifically to the Dutch in the 17th century; its application to the French (late 18th century) is partly alliterative, partly from the reputation of the French for eating frogs' legs.
- 1A thing used to hold or fasten something, in particular:More example sentences
- Sure, there are materials sold for that purpose, such as water-absorbing foam and metal pin holders, or frogs.
- Some shovels have a plate welded over the frog to increase strength and keep the wooden handle drier and less prone to decay.
- 1.1An ornamental coat fastener or braid consisting of a spindle-shaped button and a loop through which it passes.More example sentences
- I wasn't exotic and I never thought about wearing a little black linen pants and a shirt that closed with frogs instead of buttons.
- The costume was a very nice military top, green material with a frog or braid across the front, black wool tights with a red decoration on the side, and nice character shoes.
- I know the braided loop on a traditional Asian costume is a frog.
- 1.3A perforated or spiked device for holding the stems of flowers in an arrangement.More example sentences
- Fill the cups with well-soaked floral foam or use a small metal florist's frog, if necessary, to hold the flowers in place.
- 1.4The piece into which the hair is fitted at the lower end of the bow of a stringed instrument.More example sentences
- In Renaissance Europe the stick became straighter, and a wooden frog was wedged between stick and hair to hold them apart at the heel.
- Franchomme had a Stradivari cello but held the bow above the frog, making for flexibility and subtlety of tone rather than robustness.
- 1.5A grooved metal plate for guiding the wheels of a railway vehicle at an intersection.More example sentences
- If you stand close by the crossing, you can feel the ground shake as the wheels bang over the frogs.
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- I turned round and there was a doorman, dressed in a green 18th-century coachman's coat with extra frogging.
- He was facing her, no longer clad in the deep jacket with silver frogging, but now swathed in his trademark black cloak.
- Saliva splattered onto his jacket and dripped down the lace and frogging.
early 18th century: perhaps a use of frog1, influenced by synonymous Italian forchetta or French fourchette 'small fork', because of the shape.
- 1An elastic horny pad growing in the sole of a horse’s hoof, helping to absorb the shock when the hoof hits the ground.More example sentences
- ‘The horse scraped the frog of his left hoof in the backstretch and lost his drive,’ Nakatani said.
- The ground surface of the foot, that is the sole, bars and frog, are not touched.
- ‘She has flat feet and her frogs have gotten beat up in the past, but her feet have been good lately,’ Hills said.