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1. Biology Living or able to live both on land and in water.
2. Able to operate both on land and in water: amphibious tanks.
3. Relating to or organized for a military landing by means of combined naval and land forces.
4. Of a mixed or twofold nature.

[From Latin amphibius, from Greek amphibios; see amphibian.]

am·phib′i·ous·ly adv.
am·phib′i·ous·ness n.
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1. (Zoology) able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc
2. designed for operation on or from both water and land
3. (Military) relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore
4. having a dual or mixed nature
[C17: from Greek amphibios, literally: having a double life, from amphi- + bios life]
amˈphibiously adv
amˈphibiousness n
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(æmˈfɪb i əs)

1. living or able to live both on land and in water.
2. capable of operating on both land and water: amphibious vehicles.
3. pertaining to military operations by both land and naval forces.
4. trained to fight on both land and sea.
5. of or having a mixed or twofold nature.
[1635–45; < Latin amphibius < Greek amphíbios living a double life]
am•phib′i•ous•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amphibious - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibiaamphibious - relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia
2.amphibious - operating or living on land and in wateramphibious - operating or living on land and in water; "amphibious vehicles"; "amphibious operations"; "amphibious troops"; "frogs are amphibious animals"
aquatic - operating or living or growing in water; "boats are aquatic vehicles"; "water lilies are aquatic plants"; "fish are aquatic animals"
terrestrial - operating or living or growing on land
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sem lifir bæîi í vatni og á landi


[æmˈfɪbɪəs] ADJ [animal, vehicle] → anfibio
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[æmˈfɪbiəs] adj
[animal] → amphibie
[vehicle, plane] → amphibie
(MILITARY) [landing, operation, assault] → amphibie
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adj animal, plantamphibisch; (Mil) → amphibisch; amphibious vehicle/aircraftAmphibienfahrzeug nt/-flugzeug nt
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[æmˈfɪbɪəs] adj (Bio) (vehicle) → anfibio/a
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
He mingles in the narrative, therefore, a well deserved feeling of execration against the tyrant who employed the torture, which a tone of ridicule towards the patient, as if, after all, it had not been ill bestowed on such an equivocal and amphibious character as a titular abbot.
But this hard body might be a bony covering, like that of the antediluvian animals; and I should be free to class this monster among amphibious reptiles, such as tortoises or alligators.
If I were a naturalist, I would tell him that, according to some illustrious men of science, nature has furnished us with instances upon the earth of animals existing under very varying conditions of life; that fish respire in a medium fatal to other animals; that amphibious creatures possess a double existence very difficult of explanation; that certain denizens of the seas maintain life at enormous depths, and there support a pressure equal to that of fifty or sixty atmospheres without being crushed; that several aquatic insects, insensible to temperature, are met with equally among boiling springs and in the frozen plains of the Polar Sea; in fine, that we cannot help recognizing in nature a diversity of means of operation oftentimes incomprehensible, but not the less real.
The hunters were still arguing and roaring like some semi-human amphibious breed.
He would always creep in-shore like some uncomfortable amphibious creature, even when the tide would have sent him fast upon his way; and I always think of him as coming after us in the dark or by the back-water, when our own two boats were breaking the sunset or the moonlight in mid-stream.
The amphibious rabble at our heels plunged in after us, and climbing to the summit of the grass-grown rocks with which the bed of the brook was here and there broken, waited curiously to witness our morning ablutions.
These poor fresh-water sailors, so vainglorious on shore, and almost amphibious when on lakes and rivers, lost all heart and stomach the moment they were at sea.
The amphibious denizens of this lake enjoy the well-deserved reputation of being quite inoffensive.
The bailiff of the courts was a sort of amphibious magistrate, a sort of bat of the judicial order, related to both the rat and the bird, the judge and the soldier.
As Cornelius van Baerle was concerned in the growing of tulips and in the pursuit of politics at one and the same time, the prisoner is of hybrid character, of an amphibious organisation, working with equal ardour at politics and at tulips, which proves him to belong to the class of men most dangerous to public tranquillity, and shows a certain, or rather a complete, analogy between his character and that of those master minds of which Tarquin the Elder and the Great Conde have been felicitously quoted as examples."
Neither did the place present any extraordinary aspect of life or activity, as its only human occupant was an amphibious boy in a canvas suit, whose sole change of occupation was from sitting on the head of a pile and throwing stones into the mud when the tide was out, to standing with his hands in his pockets gazing listlessly on the motion and on the bustle of the river at high-water.
Lucy's Sabbath was generally of this amphibious nature.

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