amphibian


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am·phib·i·an

 (ăm-fĭb′ē-ən)
n.
1. Any of various cold-blooded, usually smooth-skinned vertebrates of the class Amphibia, characteristically hatching as an aquatic larva with gills and then transforming into an adult having air-breathing lungs. Frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians are amphibians.
2. An animal capable of living both on land and in water.
3. An aircraft that can take off and land on either land or water.
4. A tracked or wheeled vehicle that can operate both on land and in water.

[From New Latin Amphibia, class name, from Greek, neuter pl. of amphibios, amphibious : amphi-, amphi- + bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

amphibian

(æmˈfɪbɪən)
n
1. (Animals) any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Amphibia, typically living on land but breeding in water. Their aquatic larvae (tadpoles) undergo metamorphosis into the adult form. The class includes the newts and salamanders, frogs and toads, and caecilians
2. (Aeronautics) a type of aircraft able to land and take off from both water and land
3. (Automotive Engineering) any vehicle able to travel on both water and land
adj
4. (Zoology) another word for amphibious
5. (Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the class Amphibia

am•phib•i•an

(æmˈfɪb i ən)

n.
1. any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Amphibia, including frogs, salamanders, and caecilians, usu. having an aquatic, gill-breathing tadpole stage and later developing lungs.
2. an airplane designed for taking off from and landing on both land and water.
3. a flat-bottomed military vehicle, equipped with both tracks and a rudder for traveling on land or in water.
adj.
4. belonging or pertaining to the class Amphibia.
[1630–40; < Latin amphibi(a), neuter pl. of amphibius amphibious + -an1]

am·phib·i·an

(ăm-fĭb′ē-ən)
A cold-blooded vertebrate animal having moist skin without scales. Most amphibians lay eggs in water, and their young breathe with gills but develop lungs and breathe air as adults. Amphibians include frogs, toads, and salamanders.
Word History Amphibians are not quite fish and not quite reptiles. Like fish, they spend part of their lives living in water and breathing with gills; like reptiles, they usually spend another part of their lives breathing air with lungs and able to live on land. This double life is also at the root of their name, amphibian, which, like many scientific words, comes from Greek. It is made up of the Greek prefix amphi-, meaning "both" or "double," and the Greek word bios, meaning "life." Both these elements are widely used in other scientific words in English: bios, for example, is also seen in words like biology, antibiotic, and symbiotic.
reptile, amphibian - A reptile has dry, scaly skin, while an amphibian has moist skin.
See also related terms for reptile.

amphibian

A small craft, propelled by propellers and wheels or by air cushions for the purpose of moving on both land and water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amphibian - a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or wateramphibian - a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
marsh buggy, swamp buggy - an amphibious vehicle typically having four-wheel drive and a raised body
2.amphibian - an airplane designed to take off and land on wateramphibian - an airplane designed to take off and land on water
aeroplane, airplane, plane - an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
pontoon - a float supporting a seaplane
3.amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in wateramphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
amphibia, class Amphibia - the class of vertebrates that live on land but breed in water; frogs; toads; newts; salamanders; caecilians
Hynerpeton bassetti - fossil amphibian of the Devonian having well-developed forelimbs; found in Pennsylvania
Ichyostega - early tetrapod amphibian found in Greenland
urodele, caudate - amphibians that resemble lizards
salamander - any of various typically terrestrial amphibians that resemble lizards and that return to water only to breed
anuran, batrachian, frog, salientian, toad, toad frog - any of various tailless stout-bodied amphibians with long hind limbs for leaping; semiaquatic and terrestrial species
caecilian, blindworm - any of the small slender limbless burrowing wormlike amphibians of the order Gymnophiona; inhabit moist soil in tropical regions
labyrinthodont - an amphibian of the superorder Labyrinthodontia
lateral line, lateral line organ - sense organs of fish and amphibians; believed to detect pressure changes in the water
Adj.1.amphibian - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibiaamphibian - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia

amphibian

Amphibians

axolotl, bullfrog, caecilian, congo eel or snake, eft, frog or (Caribbean) crapaud, Goliath frog, hairy frog, hellbender, hyla, midwife toad, mud puppy, natterjack, newt or (dialect or archaic) eft, olm, pipa or Surinam toad, Queensland cane toad, salamander, siren, toad or (Caribbean) crapaud, tree frog
Translations
حَيَوان بَرْمائيطَائِرَة بَرْمائيةعَرَبَة بَرْمائية
obojživelníkobojživelný letounobojživelný vůz
amfibiedyramfibieflyamfibiekøretøjamfibiumpadde
sammakkoeläin
amfibijavodozemac
kétéltűkétéltû állatkétéltû jármûkétéltû repülõgép
flugbáturfroskdýrláîs- og lagardÿrsem ferîast/starfar á landi og í vatni
amfibijaamfibinisvarliagyvis
abinieksamfībija
obojživelné lietadloobojživelné vozidloobojživelník
dvoživka
kara-su uçağıyüzergezer araçyüzergezer hayvan

amphibian

[æmˈfɪbɪən]
A. Nanfibio m
B. ADJanfibio

amphibian

[æmˈfɪbiən] n
(= animal) → amphibien m
(= vehicle) → véhicule m amphibie, engin m amphibie (= boat) → navire m amphibie (= plane) → hydravion m

amphibian

n (= animal, plant)Amphibie f; (= vehicle)Amphibienfahrzeug nt; (= aircraft)Amphibienflugzeug nt, → Wasser-Land-Flugzeug nt; amphibian tankAmphibienpanzer m

amphibian

[æmˈfɪbɪən] n (Bio) (vehicle) → anfibio

amphibian

(ӕmˈfibiən) noun
1. a creature that spends part of its life on land and part in water. Frogs are amphibians.
2. a vehicle designed to move on land or in the water.
3. an aircraft designed to fly from land or water.
amˈphibious adjective
References in classic literature ?
Once an unwary crocodile attacked him but the sinuous trunk dove beneath the surface and grasping the amphibian about the middle dragged it to light and hurled it a hundred feet down stream.
A huge, slimy amphibian it was, with toad-like body and the mighty jaws of an alligator.
The sea and swamp both were doubtless alive with these mighty, carnivorous amphibians, and if not, the individual that menaced me would pursue me into either the sea or the swamp with equal facility.
Mauki's father was chief over the village at Port Adams, and thus, by birth a salt-water man, Mauki was half amphibian.
He used to tell me about the various forms of animal and vegetable life which had covered the globe during former eras, and so I was pretty well acquainted with the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals of paleolithic times.
In the next stage they became fishes or reptiles, An-Tak was not positive which, and in this form, always developing, they swam far to the south, where, amid the rank and teeming jungles, some of them evolved into amphibians.
Damp and soggy where it was not sharp and rocky, buffeted by storm winds and lashed by the sea, with the air continually a-tremble with the bellowing of two hundred thousand amphibians, it was a melancholy and miserable sojourning-place.
Amphibians and Reptiles: A Compare and Contrast Book
This new salamander pathogen came as a shock to biologists already dismayed by more than 20 years of amphibian disease outbreaks.
The Gibbs Quadski is the world's first high-speed amphibian.
Washington, Aug 05 ( ANI ): A researcher has created a first-of-its-kind comprehensive diagram to understand how amphibians crossed the continents.
102 WHEN AFRICAN CLAWED FROGS INVADE: INDIRECT INTERACTIONS BETWEEN NATIVE AND INVASIVE AMPHIBIANS