semiterrestrial

[ sem-ee-tuh-res-tree-uh l, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm i təˈrɛs tri əl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /

adjective Biology.

living mostly on land but requiring a moist environment or nearby water, especially as a breeding site: Most amphibians are semiterrestrial.

Nearby words

  1. semisweet,
  2. semisynthetic,
  3. semisystematic name,
  4. semite,
  5. semitendinous muscle,
  6. semitic,
  7. semitics,
  8. semitism,
  9. semitist,
  10. semito-hamitic

Origin of semiterrestrial

First recorded in 1915–20; semi- + terrestrial

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