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.
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Origin of amphi-
< Greek, combining form of amphí on both sides; cognate with Latin amb(i)- ambi-, Albanian mbë; akin to Old English ymb(e)- around
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on both sides; at both ends; of both kindsamphipod; amphitrichous; amphibious
Word Origin for amphi-
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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-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
On both sides:amphicentric.
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