1. 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.


  1. on both sides; at both ends; of both kindsamphipod; amphitrichous; amphibious
  2. aroundamphibole

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-).


  1. Both:amphibaric.
  2. On both sides:amphicentric.
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