amphipneustic

adjective

am·​phi·​pneus·​tic
¦amfə¦n(y)üstik,
-ˌfip¦n-
1
of some amphibians : having both gills and lungs throughout life
2
of an insect larva : having the first and last pair of spiracles functional

Word History

Etymology

amphi- + Greek pneustikos of or for breathing, from (assumed) Greek pneustos (verbal of Greek pnein to breathe) + Greek -ikos -ic

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amphipneustic was in 1857

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“Amphipneustic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amphipneustic. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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