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“amphibian” in English

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amphibiannoun [ C ]

uk /æmˈfɪb.i.ən/ us /æmˈfɪb.i.ən/

amphibian noun [ C ] (VEHICLE)

an aircraft or other vehicle that can be used on land and on water:

He flew an amphibian, which he could set down on water in case of an engine problem.
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  • Among these eminently moral amphibians, it is the father, not the mother, who takes entire charge of the family. 
  • Frogs, like most other amphibians, reptiles and fishes, are attracted by any small moving object and usually attempt to seize it. 
  • In my rambles on the shore, I frequently routed a crowd of amphibians, sending them plunging into the newly released waters. 
  • There were as yet no vertebrates of any sort, not even fishes, far less amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals. 
  • These latter, the learned, with their delight in multiplying terms, have classed as amphibians. 

(Definition of “amphibian” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“amphibian” in American English

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amphibiannoun [ C ]

us /æmˈfɪb·i·ən/

biology a type of animal that lives both on land and in water:

Frogs and turtles are amphibians.

(Definition of “amphibian” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)