Amphi-



a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek (amphibious); on this model, used with the meaning “two,” “both,” “on both sides,” in the formation of compound words:
amphiaster.
prefix
on both sides; at both ends; of both kinds: amphipod, amphitrichous, amphibious
around: amphibole

before a vowel amph-, word-forming element from Greek amphi- “both, of both kinds, on both sides, around,” comb. form of amphi “round about, around;” cognate with Latin ambi- (see ambi-).

amphi- or amph- or ampho-
pref.

Both: amphibaric.

On both sides: amphicentric.

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