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 As temperatures drop or severe storms arrive, the semiaquatic, sociable experts at hunkering down and making it through a tough winter will head inside their dens, or lodges. Morgan Greene,, "Illinois’ largest rodents are in city lagoons, rivers and streams. Now, they’re on Instagram and TikTok, thanks to pandemic-weary Chicagoans.," 29 Dec. 2020 These adaptations pointed to a semiaquatic lifestyle. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Case for 'river monster' Spinosaurus strengthened by new fossil teeth," 28 Apr. 2020 The semiaquatic, vegetarian mammals were reintroduced to the wild in Scotland in 2009. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "After an absence of 400 years, beavers can return to the wild in England," 7 Aug. 2020 But like so much of Australia's unique wildlife, these semiaquatic creatures face a mix of threats. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Australia’s Droughts and Fires Present New Dangers to the Platypus," 28 Jan. 2020 No species demonstrates this conundrum better than Spinosaurus, a semiaquatic dinosaur that lived in what's now northern Africa about a hundred million years ago. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "World's biggest T. rex discovered," 26 Mar. 2019 For decades, scientists hoping to save these semiaquatic animals from extinction have been trying and failing to pin down the origins of this mysterious killer. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Frog-Killing Fungus Found to Have Origins on Korean Peninsula," 10 May 2018 Nutria, an orange-toothed, semiaquatic rodent, was brought to the state from South America almost a century ago to be raised on fur farms. Jennifer Larino,, "Army Corps starting levee patrols as Mississippi River rises," 26 Feb. 2018 The rodents, which are sometimes mistaken for beavers or muskrats, are distinguished from other semiaquatic creatures by their slender, ratlike tail. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nutria crackdown: California looks to eradicate ruinous rodent before it tears up state," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of semiaquatic

1833, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Semiaquatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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