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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For example, might amphibians, which straddle this interface, act as vectors to bring water-going microplastics farther up on land? Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic," 1 July 2019 With its ear-to-ear grin, pink feathery headdress of gills and frantic underwater dance, this amphibian has captivated generations of admirers. Samantha Schipani, Smithsonian, "How to Save The Paradoxical Axolotl," 8 Jan. 2018 Frog This amphibian definitely doesn’t resemble a chicken, but frog legs taste a whole lot like chicken wings when fried. Fox News, "Meats that really do 'taste like chicken'," 28 Sep. 2015 The whimsy too is Agami’s and Sharon’s, as are the more aggressive scenes, particularly the desert tango in which dancers become like a mob of dangerous amphibians or giant locusts or something. Mark Swed,, "Review: ‘Atlas’ needs no words to astonish as the L.A. Phil wraps its centennial season," 12 June 2019 In retrospect, the findings might not come as too much of a surprise: Researchers who study salamanders and other amphibians, the paradigms for tissue regeneration, see this happening on a far grander scale all the time. Quanta Magazine, "To Heal Some Wounds, Adult Cells Turn More Fetal," 29 Aug. 2018 But the fossil record for amphibians from these kinds of wet, tropical environments has been almost nonexistent, leaving paleontologists with few clues to their early evolution. National Geographic, "World's Oldest Rain Forest Frogs Found in Amber," 14 June 2018 He and friends drove backcountry roads looking for amphibians after a rain, and collected kangaroo rats with baseball caps. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "San Natural History Museum plans biodiversity blitz," 6 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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


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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