amphibian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj amphibian relating to or characteristic of animals of the class Amphibia
    • n amphibian cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
    • n amphibian an airplane designed to take off and land on water
    • n amphibian a flat-bottomed motor vehicle that can travel on land or water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Amphibian (Zoöl) Of or pertaining to the Amphibia; as, amphibian reptiles.
    • n Amphibian (Zoöl) One of the Amphibia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amphibian Of or pertaining to amphibia in any sense; specifically, pertaining to the class Amphibia. See amphibious, 2.
    • n amphibian An animal of the class Amphibia.
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Quotations

  • C. S. Lewis
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    “Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.”

Usage

In literature:

It came floating toward the amphibian, though apparently nearly stationary against the sky.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
We had designed and built here in our own shops several very successful seaplanes and amphibians.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The gill amphibians are man's most ancient ancestors of the class amphibia.
"Was Man Created?" by Henry A. Mott
Our little two-place amphibian was flying smoothly, through air unusually good for this continent of storms.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Amphibians at first crudely able to cope with both sea and land.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
You Changelings are becoming more Amphibian every day and less Human.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
Presently Perk heard a splash and knew the amphibian must have reached its goal.
"Eagles of the Sky" by Ambrose Newcomb
One of the Navy's NATS amphibian freight planes was down at the dock.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
A distributional study of the amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico.
"The Systematics of the Frogs of the Hyla Rubra Group in Middle America" by Juan R. León
We are getting quite a fleet of amphibian aircraft floating around our lagoon.
"Tabby" by Winston Marks
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In news:

A bill making the Western Tiger Salamander the official amphibian was signed into law Friday.
DENVER (AP) — The western tiger salamander is closer to being named Colorado's official state amphibian.
Biologists are mounting a campaign to save amphibians around the world using the power of social networks.
The Global Amphibian Blitz is a website that lets amateur naturalists upload images of beasties they encounter on their travels, along with the date and their location.
Amphibian Productions tackles one of Neil LaBute's grittiest plays.
I mean the amphibian called a siren.
The GIBBS Quadski, touted by its maker as the "world's first high speed amphibian" will go on sale in the US in November with the extra oomph of being built in Michigan by some real job creators.
Neil Jenkins — pictured with the Gibbs Quadski — said the US is the largest market for Auburn Hills-based Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc, but he finds the regulatory climate daunting.
Gibbs Sports Amphibians says its new Quadski, which can drive on land as well as in the water, will go on sale before the end of this year.
Amphibians in the Adirondacks face a wide range of challenges, but a new project aimed at citizens and scientists alike could help ease some of those threats, a local scholar says.
9, 2008) In the coastal forests of Northern California, the most abundant vertebrates are amphibians such as salamanders and frogs.
The zoo is participates in amphibian conservation and preservation efforts world wide.
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from Totem, a show that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state.
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from "Totem," a show that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state.
Kihansi spray toad is first amphibian species reintroduced into its native habitat after going extinct in the wild.
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In science:

This theory of hearing by a generic mechanism could apply to many different animals such as mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Spontaneous hair-bundle oscillations of amphibian hair-cells have been observed and studied in detail [48, 49].
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
UVB effects strongly contribute to amphibian decline [Kiesecker et al. 2001] which is proceeding at over 200 times the background rate [McCallum 2007]. Major effects are being seen in plankton, with the present UVB increase [Davidson 1998].
Atmospheric Consequences of Cosmic Ray Variability in the Extragalactic Shock Model II: Revised ionization levels and their consequences
Blaustein, A. et al. (1998), Effects of ultraviolet radiation on amphibians: Field experiments, Amer.
Atmospheric Consequences of Cosmic Ray Variability in the Extragalactic Shock Model II: Revised ionization levels and their consequences
Kiesecker, J.M. et al. (2001), Complex causes of amphibian population declines.
Atmospheric Consequences of Cosmic Ray Variability in the Extragalactic Shock Model II: Revised ionization levels and their consequences
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