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From Ancient Greek ἀμφίβιος (amphíbios). From ἀμφί (amphí) + βίος (bíos, life).


  • IPA(key): [æmˈfɪbi.əs]
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amphibious (not comparable)

  1. Capable of functioning on land or in water.
    an amphibious vehicle
    • 1898, The Outlook, volume 60, page 281:
      Most Dutch cities began on a terp or artificial mound to which the prehistoric amphibious folk rushed for refuge when floods rolled in.
  2. Occurring on both land and water.
    an amphibious attack
    • 2022 September 30, “Taiwan adds new amphibious warfare ship to defence inventory”, in Al Jazeera[1], archived from the original on 30 September 2022[2]:
      Taiwan’s navy has taken delivery of a new, domestically made amphibious warfare ship that can be used to land troops and bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands, part of a push by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to achieve defence self-sufficiency.

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