- The definition of amphibious is something that can survive or be used both on land and in water.
A toad is an example of an amphibious animal.
An example of an amphibian is this toad.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- that can live both on land and in water
- that can operate or travel on both land and water
- designating, of, or for a military operation involving the landing of assault troops on a shore from seaborne transports
- having two natures or qualities; of a mixed nature
Origin: Classical Greek amphibios, living a double life ; from amphi-, amphi- plush bios, life: see bio-
- amphibiously adverb
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- Biology Living or able to live both on land and in water.
- Able to operate both on land and in water: amphibious tanks.
- Relating to or organized for a military landing by means of combined naval and land forces.
- Of a mixed or twofold nature.
Origin: From Latin amphibius, from Greek amphibios; see amphibian.
- am·phibˈi·ous·ly adverb
- am·phibˈi·ous·ness noun