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Old 07-29-2010, 08:20 PM
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Can someone tell me what a Dendrobate is? Is it anything to do with Reprobate?
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:13 AM
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It's a word that doesn't exist, John.

People usually use it in reference to a frog belonging to the family Dendrobates or Dendrobatidae...but the proper term is Dendrobatid.
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I couldn't resist this one...

First of all, let's look at the first root, dendro:

dendro- or dendri- or dendr-
pref.
Tree; treelike: dendrochronology.

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Next, we have bate:

bate 1 (bt)
tr.v. bat·ed, bat·ing, bates
1. To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: "To his dying day he bated his breath a little when he told the story" (George Eliot). See Usage Note at bait1.
2. To take away; subtract.

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[Middle English baten, short for abaten; see abate.]

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bate 2 also bait (bt)
intr.v. bat·ed also bait·ed, bat·ing also bait·ing, bates also baits
To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.

So, Dendrobate could mean one of the following:
1) A tree with discretion
2) A tree that has been removed
3) A tree that flaps its branches around wildly

Feel free to add your own definition.
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Oh dear :P. Actually I was thinking more along the lines of the fact that Dendrobate isn't actually a valid word. It's not like it's a singular of Dendrobates. Also, I winced when I heard our esteemed friends Evan, Justin and Jason pronouncing Dendrobates as "Dendro baits" in the Adventure to Captivus video.
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Oh dear :P. Actually I was thinking more along the lines of the fact that Dendrobate isn't actually a valid word. It's not like it's a singular of Dendrobates. Also, I winced when I heard our esteemed friends Evan, Justin and Jason pronouncing Dendrobates as "Dendro baits" in the Adventure to Captivus video.
Did they have a European accent? That would absolve them...
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Did they have a European accent? That would absolve them...
Ouch - I'm European. No, they're most definitely American and they post on here frequently, what with all their descriptions of new species in the scientific literature.
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Yes, then they have no excuse.
And no need for 'ouch'---I didn't say which country!
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actually isn't "bates" a greek derivation for walker. Hence the name Tree Walker?

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Sometimes I feel it is about 4 watts.. and not LED watts..or PC watts...

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