amphibian

noun
am·​phib·​i·​an | \ am-ˈfi-bē-ən How to pronounce amphibian (audio) \

Definition of amphibian

1 : an amphibious organism especially : any of a class (Amphibia) of cold-blooded vertebrates (such as frogs, toads, or salamanders) intermediate in many characters between fish and reptiles and having gilled aquatic larvae and air-breathing adults Unlike reptiles, most amphibians possess a smooth, moist skin and lay their shell-less eggs in water or wet places. — Jeffrey P. Cohn
2 : an amphibious vehicle especially : an airplane designed to take off from and land on either land or water

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Most zoo animals are tucked in for the night, but the Day Exhibit of reptiles and amphibians and the Adaptations Building with meerkats and nocturnal animals are open during the event. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Holiday sights light up the night at Green Lake, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle and Tacoma zoos," 5 Dec. 2018 Pipeline construction would cut through the southern end of the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the last critical swamp habitats in the world, which is home to more than 65 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 200 species of birds and fish. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Some of the work that was done included removing seawalls to allow amphibians and reptiles to enter and exit the waterway safely. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Spotlight on the St. Clair River," 26 Mar. 2018 For example, some researchers infer pesticide concentrations by monitoring the population sizes and body conditions of amphibians and fish-eating birds. Theresa Laverty, Smithsonian, "Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Way," 2 May 2018 Pack a lunch to enjoy on the rocky shoreline, while watching the dragonflies and amphibians skim the water. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 The amphibians, also commonly called Cane or Marine toads, emit a toxic milky substance when they are handled and/or feel threatened. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Florida Veterinarians are Warning Pet Owners About This Deadly Toad," 8 Sep. 2015 Growing to nearly six feet long and weighing roughly 140 pounds, the flabby creatures are the largest amphibians in the world. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "5 Giant Salamander Species Identified—And They're All in Danger," 29 May 2018 Its descendants have since spread widely, hitchhiking with stowaway amphibians in cargo and others shipped for the pet trade. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Solved: the mysterious origin of the world’s most devastating wildlife disease," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of amphibian

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphibian

ultimately from Greek amphibion amphibious being, from neuter of amphibios

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amphibian

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amphibian

: an animal (such as a frog or toad) that can live both on land and in water
: an airplane or vehicle that can be used both on land and water

amphibian

noun
am·​phib·​i·​an | \ am-ˈfi-bē-ən How to pronounce amphibian (audio) \

Kids Definition of amphibian

1 : any of a group of cold-blooded vertebrate animals (as frogs and toads) that have gills and live in water as larvae but breathe air as adults
2 : an airplane designed to take off from and land on either land or water

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