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air-breathe

[air-breeth] /ˈɛərˌbrið/
verb (used without object), air-breathed
[air-breeth d] /ˈɛərˌbriðd/ (Show IPA),
air-breathing.
1.
(of an engine, aircraft, missile, etc.) to take in air from the atmosphere to oxidize the fuel for combustion.
Origin of air-breathe
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Historical Examples
  • The organs of air-breathing are called, in general, lungs (pulmones).

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel
  • These air-breathing swamp-dwellers could not have lived in salt water.

  • It was as if some great, air-breathing sea-monster was exhaling beneath the waves.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • Man, in common with all air-breathing animals, has two nasal cavities.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • And in Nova Scotia the bones of air-breathing reptiles and land snails have been discovered.

  • It is known that the swimming bladder of fishes becomes developed into the lungs of air-breathing vertebrates and man himself.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The sea otter is among the swiftest swimmers of the mammals, but no air-breathing creature can compete in speed with a shark.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • Slab of sandstone from the coal-measures of Pennsylvania, with footprints of air-breathing reptile and casts of cracks.

  • Several families of crustaceans include a few species, possessing an air-breathing apparatus and fitted to live out of the water.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • Helic′id, a large family of terrestrial, air-breathing gasteropods, of which snails are familiar examples.

Contemporary definitions for air-breathing
adjective

acquiring oxygen from the air

Examples

Tests have been completed on air-breathing rocket engines.

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