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living or able to live both on land and in water; belonging to both land and water.
Also, amphibian. capable of operating on both land and water:
amphibious vehicles.
of or relating to military operations by both land and naval forces against the same object, especially to a military attack by troops landed by naval ships.
trained or organized to fight, or fighting, on both land and sea:
amphibious troops.
combining two qualities, kinds, traits, etc.; of or having a mixed or twofold nature.
Contemporary Examples

The strongest conceivable U.S. land or amphibious forces would not provide a military option.
America Doesn’t Need a Big Army Any More Bill Sweetman March 9, 2014

Detectives and city workers found the remains while they were aboard an amphibious vehicle with pontoons.
Shannan Gilbert Body Likely Found, New York Police Say Christine Pelisek December 12, 2011

Surfers today forecast waves using technology first developed to help with the timing of amphibious assaults.
Surfing Is Less Mystical and More High Tech Says a New Book Josh Dzieza July 31, 2013

The Duplex Drive (called DD) was one: an amphibious conversion which could be fitted to a normal Sherman tank.
Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day James Jones November 14, 2014

Lawmakers have tried to halt the French sale of the Mistral, an amphibious warship, to the Russian Navy.
Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say Josh Rogin April 21, 2014

Historical Examples

Those which could not climb and were not amphibious he placed in a cave, and closed and sealed it with wax.
An Introduction to Mythology Lewis Spence

Seals of amphibious nature, are either for the land or water.
Orthography Elmer W. Cavins

For the elevator is an amphibious institution, and flourishes only on the banks of navigable waters.
North America, Volume I (of 2) Anthony Trollope

But I well knew that these amphibious monsters can far outswim a man.
Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid

The lances used by them were pointed with the teeth of these amphibious animals.
Celebrated Travels and Travellers Jules Verne

able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc
designed for operation on or from both water and land
relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore
having a dual or mixed nature

1640s, from Greek amphibios “having a double life” (see amphibian). Of motor vehicles, from 1915.


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