Amphibian - Etymology

Etymology

Amphibian is derived from the Ancient Greek term ἀμφίβιος (amphíbios), which means "both kinds of life", amphi meaning "of both kinds" and bio meaning "life". The term was initially used as a general adjective for animals that could live on land or in water, including seals and otters. The word amphibian became restricted to the modern taxonomical meaning around 1600, with the taxon "Amphibia" first published in scientific classification circa 1819.

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