semi·​aquat·​ic | \ ˌse-mē-ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce semiaquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa-, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiaquatic

: growing equally well in or adjacent to water also : frequenting but not living wholly in water

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Recent Examples on the Web Both the giant semiaquatic herbivores are well, apart from exceptionally runny noses. Fox News, 5 Dec. 2021 Originally smuggled into the country by the notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, the semiaquatic mammal from Africa has flourished in the tropical rivers of the South American country and now threaten local ecosystems. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 The biggest community of hippos outside their native Africa, these semiaquatic mammals prospered in the absence of natural predators in South America. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 Today, the semiaquatic mammal has been spotted across Dallas-Fort Worth, around tributaries of the Trinity River and lakes such as Lavon and Grapevine. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, 8 July 2021 Perhaps those same evolutionary ingredients came together millions of years ago as well, helping our semiaquatic ancestors clamber atop the soil. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 June 2021 In addition to those semiaquatic reptiles, there is also an abundance of sea turtles. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The spotted turtle is a semiaquatic turtle native to the eastern U.S. and the Great Lakes region. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 Godzilla: An aquatic lizard to be reckoned with Godzilla appears to be a giant, semiaquatic reptile. Kiersten Formoso, The Conversation, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of semiaquatic

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiaquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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