does the word "Amphibian" really mean?
cold-blooded, smooth-skinned vertebrate of the class
Amphibia, such as a frog or salamander, that
characteristically hatches as an aquatic larva with gills.
The larva then transforms into an adult having air-breathing
animal capable of living both on land and in water.
aircraft that can take off and land on either land or water.
tracked or wheeled vehicle that can operate both on land and
New Latin Amphibia, class name, from Greek, neuter
pl. of amphibios, amphibious: amphi-, amphi-
+ bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
\Am*phib"i*an\ (-an), a. (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to
the Amphibia; as, amphibian reptiles.
\Am*phib"i*an\, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of the Amphibia.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
adj : relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia
[syn: amphibious] n 1: a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel
on land or water [syn: amphibious vehicle] 2: designed to take off
and land on water [syn: amphibious aircraft] 3: cold-blooded
vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic
larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
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