semi·​ter·​res·​tri·​al ˌse-mē-tə-ˈre-strē-əl How to pronounce semiterrestrial (audio)
: growing on boggy ground
: frequenting but not living wholly on land

Examples of semiterrestrial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers found 902 genes in 22 gene families that the two semiterrestrial algae and land plants shared but that other algae lacked. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 14 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiterrestrial was in 1919

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“Semiterrestrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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