semiaquatic

adjective
semi·​aquat·​ic | \ˌse-mē-ə-ˈkwä-tik, -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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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, NOLA.com, "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 Before hard eggs, creatures lived semiaquatic lifestyles, returning to water to procreate. Ben Guarino, sacbee.com, "Why are eggs shaped like, well, eggs? Scientists say they’ve figured it out," 22 June 2017 Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Sensitive Face of a Big Predatory Dinosaur," 16 June 2017 Catania says these attacks seem to be most effective against terrestrial or semiaquatic predators. National Geographic, "Shocking Find: Electric Eels Can Leap Out of Water to Attack," 6 June 2016

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First Known Use of semiaquatic

1833, in the meaning defined above

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