amphibious

adjective am·phib·i·ous \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of amphibious

1 :combining two characteristics
2 a :relating to or adapted for both land and water
  • amphibious vehicles
b :executed by coordinated action of land, sea, and air forces organized for invasion
  • an amphibious landing
; also :trained or organized for such action
  • amphibious forces
3 :able to live both on land and in water
  • amphibious plants

amphibiously

adverb

amphibiousness

noun

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Origin and Etymology of amphibious

Greek amphibios, literally, living a double life, from amphi- + bios mode of life — more at quick

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AMPHIBIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

amphibious

adjective

Definition of amphibious for English Language Learners

  • : able to live both on land and in water

  • : able to be used both on land and water

  • : done by soldiers who are brought to land in special boats : carried out by land and sea forces acting together


AMPHIBIOUS Defined for Kids

amphibious

adjective am·phib·i·ous \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs \

Definition of amphibious for Students

1 :able to live both on land and in water
  • amphibious animals
2 :meant to be used on both land and water
  • amphibious vehicles
3 :made by land, sea, and air forces acting together
  • amphibious attack


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