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Meaning of AMPHIBIAN

Pronunciation:  am'fibeeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
  2. [n]  an airplane designed to take off and land on water
  3. [n]  a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water
  4. [adj]  relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia

AMPHIBIAN is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: amphibious, amphibious aircraft, amphibious vehicle
 See Also: aeroplane, airplane, Amphibia, anuran, automotive vehicle, batrachian, blindworm, caecilian, caudate, class Amphibia, craniate, frog, Hynerpeton bassetti, Ichyostega, labyrinthodont, lateral line, lateral line organ, marsh buggy, motor vehicle, plane, pontoon, salamander, salientian, swamp buggy, toad, toadfrog, urodele, vertebrate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am*phib"i*an\ (-an), a. (Zo["o]l.)
    Of or pertaining to the Amphibia; as, amphibian reptiles.
  2. \Am*phib"i*an\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    One of the Amphibia.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This refers to a class of vertebrate animals that spend part of their time on land and part in the water; they are an intermediate form between fishes and reptiles. Amphibians must return to the water to breed and they have distinct larval and adult forms. Members of this class include frogs, toads, and salamanders.

This word is derived from the Greek word amphibios, which means "living a double life".

Thesaurus Terms
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