This blog is for everyone who uses words.

The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.



Friday, 9 October 2020

Word To Use Today: triphibious.

 Yes, that's right: something triphibious is something which can exist on water, on land, and in the air.

It's usually used of military vehicles:


but, hey, we're triphibious, too, when you come to think about it.

photo by Mark Sebastian

photo by Affebook 

photo by Chris Brown

That made me feel rather special...


...until I remembered ducks.

photo by Paula M Wolter

Ah well.

Word To Use Today: triphibious. The tri- bit comes from Latin, and before that from the Greek treis, three. The -phibious part of the word is a bit of a car-crash. It comes from amphibious, of course, which is Greek for double life, where amphi- means on both sides, or at both ends, and bios means life.

No comments:

Post a comment

All comments are very welcome, but please make them suitable for The Word Den's family audience.