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amphibian (vertebrate)

Definition:

a cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

amphibians

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"having two modes of existence, of doubtful nature", from Greek amphibia, neuter...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Amphibian | Amphibians | Amphibia

ectothermic, tetrapod vertebrates of the class Amphibia. They inhabit a wide variety of habitats with most species living within terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal or freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Amphibians typically start out as larva living in water,... (35 of 15065 words, 32 images)

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Amphibian (disambiguation)

an animal. Amphibian may also refer to: Amphibian (comics), a superhero | Amphibious vehicle | Amphibian aircraft | Vostok Amphibia, one of the Vostok watches | Amphibian (song), a song by Bj√∂rk | Mark I Amphibian Mark II Amphibian, Mark III... (36 of 95 words, 6 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

amphibian [animal] | Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis [species]

any member of the group of vertebrate animals characterized by their ability to exploit both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The name amphibian, ... (22 of 1295 words, 12 images)

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New World Dictionary:

amphibian

any of a class (Amphibia) of coldblooded, scaleless vertebrates, consisting ... | any amphibious animal or plant | any aircraft that can take off from ... (23 of 85 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural] | Batrachia [subtype, sense-specific] | batrachian [subtype, sense-specific] | batrachofauna [subtype, sense-specific] | Labyrinthodontia [extinct, subtype, sense-specific] | Lepospondyli [extinct, subtype, sense-specific] | Lissamphibia Anura Caudata Gymnophiona [subtype, sense-specific] | Salientia [subtype, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] Having two natures. | Pertaining to the Amphibia. | An animal of the Amphibia; any four-legged vertebrate that does not have amniotic eggs, living both on land and in water. | A vehicle which can operate on land and water. | Of or relating... (41 of 64 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

amphibian | amphibious [sense-specific]

any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class "Amphibia", typically living on ... | a type of aircraft able to land and take off from both water and land | ... (26 of 512 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/amphibian

Columbia Encyclopedia:

amphibian

in zoology, cold-blooded vertebrate animal of the class Amphibia. There are three living orders of amphibians: the frogs and toads (order Anura, or ... (23 of 246 words)

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seaplane | flying boat | amphibian | floatplane

airplane designed to take off from and alight on water. The two most common types are the floatplane, whose fuselage is supported by struts attached ... (25 of 169 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

amphibian

a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, ... | a seaplane, tank, or other vehicle that can operate on land and on water. ... (26 of 150 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

amphibian | amtrack [sense-specific] | amtrac [synonym, sense-specific] | amphibious [synonym, definition 2, sense-specific]

any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Amphibia, comprising frogs and ... | an amphibious plant. | an airplane designed for taking off from and ... (22 of 107 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

amphibian

A cold-blooded, smooth-skinned vertebrate of the class Amphibia, such as a ... | An animal capable of living both on land and in water. | An aircraft ... (25 of 98 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

amphibian

an amphibious organism ; especially, any of a class (Amphibia) of ... | an amphibious vehicle ; especially, an airplane designed to take off from and ... (25 of 89 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/amphibian

Macmillan British Dictionary:

amphibian [countable] | amphibians [plural]

[biology] an animal such as a frog or toad that lives mainly on land, but produces its eggs and develops into its adult form in water | a vehicle or ... (29 of 63 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/amphibian

Cambridge Dictionary:

amphibian

an animal, such as a frog, which lives both on land and in water but must produce its eggs in water (21 of 26 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/amphibian

Encarta Dictionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural]

a cold-blooded vertebrate that spends some time on land but must breed and ... | an aircraft or vehicle designed to operate on land or water (25 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585256​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

amphibian

First use: 1630s

Origin: "having two modes of existence, of doubtful nature", from Greek amphibia, neuter plural of amphibios "living a double life", from ... (21 of 87 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=amphibian

Oxford Dictionary:

amphibian

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: (in the sense 'having two modes of existence or of doubtful nature'): from modern Latin amphibium "an amphibian", from Greek amphibion ... (24 of 40 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

amphibian

Origin: From New Latin Amphibia, class name, from Greek, neuter plural of amphibios, amphibious: amphi-, amphi- + ... (16 of 22 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ἀμφίβιον (amphibion), from ἀμφί (amphi, "of both kinds") + βίος (bios, "life")

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New World Dictionary:

amphibian

Origin: Modern Latin Amphibia from Greek amphibia, neuter plural of amphibios: see "amphibious"

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Merriam-Webster:

amphibian

First use: 1835

Origin: ultimately from Greek amphibion amphibious being, from neuter of amphibios

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/amphibian

Encarta Dictionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: modern Latin Amphibia from Greek amphibion "amphibious being" from amphibios

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585256​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "amphibian"

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Collins Dictionary:

amphibian

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "amphibian"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

amphibian [countable] | amphibians [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "amphibian"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

amphibian [countable] | amphibians [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "amphibian"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

amphibian

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "amphibian"

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the Free Dictionary:

amphibian

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Google Dictionary:

amphibian | amphibians [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "amphibian"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

amphibian

Audio: North American pronunciation of "amphibian"

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YourDictionary Audio:

amphibian

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freedictionary.org:

amphibian

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