Origin of amphibian
Examples from the Web for amphibians
Contemporary Examples of amphibians
Over the next decade, the RETs wreaked havoc on the ecosystem, eating ducklings, small water birds, and other amphibians.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis
August 5, 2014
Some resemble insects, while others look like crustaceans, amphibians, and sharks and move fluidly.Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Is a Total Blast
July 9, 2013
Historical Examples of amphibians
These amphibians are evidently the descendants of some of the fishes of the Devonian times.
This doubtless was true of the amphibians of the coal period.
Do everything in your power to halt the march of Moyen's amphibians!
It is related to the amphibians and was able to live in or out of the water.
We know two--the Nevians, who are amphibians, and the fishes of the greater deeps.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
Formerly used by zoologists to describe all sorts of combined natures (including otters and seals), the biological sense "class of animals between fishes and reptiles that live both on land and in water" and the noun derivative both are first recorded 1835. Amphibia was used in this sense from c.1600 and has been a zoological classification since c.1819.
Word History: Amphibians, not quite fish and not quite reptiles, were the first vertebrates to live on land. These cold-blooded animals spend their larval stage in water, breathing through their gills. In adulthood they usually live on land, using their lungs to breath air. This double life is also at the root of their name, amphibian, which, like many scientific words, derives from Greek. The Greek prefix amphi- means both, or double, and the Greek word bios means life. Both these elements are widely used in English scientific terminology: bios, for example, is seen in such words as biology, antibiotic, and symbiotic.
Vertebrate animals, such as frogs, that live part of their life cycle in the water and the other part on land.