amphibious

adjective
am·​phib·​i·​ous | \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs How to pronounce amphibious (audio) \

Definition of amphibious

1 : combining two characteristics
2a : 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

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Other Words from amphibious

amphibiously adverb
amphibiousness noun

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Philadelphia has 15 Perry-class frigates, a pair of older Ticonderoga-class cruisers (see headline image), and a handful of old amphibious ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Won’t Bring Back Mothballed Ships to Boost the Fleet," 21 Feb. 2019 Propelling all this amphibious vacation overkill was a mere 3.0-liter diesel V-6, the Sprinter's small but torquey powerplant of choice. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 2019 Five people were killed and more than 60 were injured when an axle broke on the Ride the Ducks vehicle, causing the amphibious, World War II-vehicle to cross the centerline and hit the bus on Sept. 24, 2015. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Jurors in Ride the Ducks trial leave courthouse to view vehicles damaged in deadly crash," 6 Nov. 2018 The Zumwalt-class destroyers were built to provide naval fire support to amphibious assaults and bombard targets inland with advance, long range projectiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 Some 160,000 Allied troops on nearly 5,000 vessels were being launched across the Channel toward Normandy, in the largest amphibious assault the world had ever seen. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 Questions have been raised about the safety of the amphibious Duck vehicles, and other fatal accidents have occurred. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Lengthy civil trial begins in 2015 Ride the Ducks crash that killed 5 in crash on Aurora Bridge," 16 Oct. 2018 The amphibious assault vehicles belong to Indonesia’s marines, or Korps Marinir. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Amphibious Vehicle Belly Flop Into the Ocean," 4 Apr. 2018 Images on Chinese state media showed armored amphibious vehicles training in the waters of the South China Sea on Monday and Tuesday. Ben Westcott, CNN, "US challenged by China's navy in South China Sea," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of amphibious

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphibious

Greek amphibios, literally, living a double life, from amphi- + bios mode of life — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of amphibious was in 1608

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amphibious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of amphibious

: 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

adjective
am·​phib·​i·​ous | \ am-ˈfi-bē-əs How to pronounce amphibious (audio) \

Kids Definition of amphibious

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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