Amphibious means able to use either land or water. In particular it may refer to:

*Amphibious warfare, warfare carried out on both land and water
*Amphibians, vertebrate animals of the Class Amphibia (many of which live on land and breed in water)
*Amphibious insects, invertebrate animals of the Class Insecta (many of which live in the air and breed in water, such as Odonata and the mosquito larvae their larvae eat.)
*Amphibious vehicle, a vehicle capable of being driven on both land and water
*Amphibious aircraft, an aircraft capable of landing on water
*Amphibious fish, fish that are able to leave water for extended periods of time

Amphibious may also incorrectly (or humorously) refer to someone who is ambidextrous. See ambidexterity

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  • Amphibious — Am*phib i*ous, a. [Gr. amfi bios living a double life, i. e., both on land in water; amfi + bi os life.] 1. Having the ability to live both on land and in water, as frogs, crocodiles, beavers, and some plants. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amphibious — (adj.) 1640s, from Gk. amphibios having a double life (see AMPHIBIAN (Cf. amphibian)). Of motor vehicles, from 1915 …   Etymology dictionary

  • amphibious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) living in or suited for both land and water. 2) (of a military operation) involving forces landed from the sea. DERIVATIVES amphibiously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • amphibious — [am fib′ē əs] adj. [Gr amphibios, living a double life < amphi , AMPHI + bios, life: see BIO ] 1. that can live both on land and in water 2. that can operate or travel on both land and water 3. designating, of, or for a military operation… …   English World dictionary

  • amphibious — [[t]æmfɪ̱biəs[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n In an amphibious military operation, army and navy forces attack a place from the sea. A third brigade is at sea, ready for an amphibious assault. 2) ADJ: ADJ n An amphibious vehicle is able to move on both land… …   English dictionary

  • amphibious — adjective Etymology: Greek amphibios, literally, living a double life, from amphi + bios mode of life more at quick Date: 1643 1. combining two characteristics 2. a. relating to or adapted for both land and water < amphibious vehicles > b.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amphibious — am|phib|i|ous [æmˈfıbiəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: amphibios living a double life , from amphi round, on both sides, both + bios way of life ] 1.) able to live on both land and water ▪ amphibious creatures 2.) amphibious vehicle a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • amphibious — am|phib|i|ous [ æm fıbiəs ] adjective 1. ) capable of being used both on water or on land: an amphibious vehicle 2. ) capable of living both in water and on land: fossils of amphibious creatures from millions of years ago 3. ) relating to a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • amphibious — adjective 1 able to live on both land and water 2 amphibious vehicle a vehicle that is able to move on land and water 3 amphibious operation/force/assault an amphibious operation etc involves ships and land vehicles …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • amphibious — UK [æmˈfɪbɪəs] / US adjective 1) capable of living both in water and on land The exhibition at the Natural History Museum includes fossils of amphibious creatures from millions of years ago. 2) capable of being used both on water and on land an… …   English dictionary

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