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Meaning of AMPHIBIA

Pronunciation:  am'fibeeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  frogs; toads; newts; salamanders; caecilians

AMPHIBIA is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: class Amphibia
 See Also: amphibian, Anura, Batrachia, Caudata, class, Craniata, genus Hynerpeton, genus Ichthyostega, Gymnophiona, Hynerpeton, Labyrinthodonta, Labyrinthodontia, order Anura, order Batrachia, order Caudata, order Gymnophiona, order Salientia, order Stegocephalia, order Urodella, polliwog, pollywog, Salientia, Stegocephalia, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, superorder Labyrinthodonta, superorder Labyrinthodontia, tadpole, Urodella, Vertebrata



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Am*phib"i*a\, n. pl. [See {Amphibium}.] (Zo["o]l.)
One of the classes of vertebrates.

Note: The Amphibia are distinguished by having usually no
      scales, by having eggs and embryos similar to those of
      fishes, and by undergoing a complete metamorphosis, the
      young having gills. There are three living orders: (1)
      The tailless, as the frogs ({Anura}); (2) The tailed
      ({Urodela}), as the salamanders, and the siren group
      ({Sirenoidea}), which retain the gills of the young
      state (hence called {Perennibranchiata}) through the
      adult state, among which are the siren, proteus, etc.;
      (3) The C[oe]cilians, or serpentlike Amphibia
      ({Ophiomorpha} or {Gymnophiona}), with minute scales
      and without limbs. The extinct Labyrinthodonts also
      belonged to this class. The term is sometimes loosely
      applied to both reptiles and amphibians collectively.