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I know that something suitable to both land and water is called amphibious but I am looking for a word that describes something that is suitable to land, air, and water. I don't believe such an animal exists but I am still curious as to whether there is a word for it.

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    Some seabirds might be regarded as having this quality - they fly, can walk and can dive/swim. See gannets and cormorants. – marcellothearcane Apr 10 '17 at 11:35
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    Also the loon -- not very agile on land, but an expert diver and a good flyer. – user1359 Apr 10 '17 at 13:12
  • I believe that the best-known animals that inhabit the land, sea, or air are the various species of dragon, but I think not all biomes at once for any one species. – Ann Apr 11 '17 at 19:21
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See triphibian, defined by American heritage dictionary as

Designed to operate on land, on water, or in air.

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    Note that in "amphibious", the first part comes from the greek "amphí", meaning "on both sides", whereas "triphi" does not have a greek provenance, and is an "artificial" word, made up by replacing "am" with "tri". – Alex Stragies Apr 10 '17 at 14:41
  • I never realised that Action Man was triphibian! – TripeHound Apr 10 '17 at 15:04
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    @AlexStragies Sure, but tribious sounds like it would have to do with a particularly difficult-to-dislodge invasive species found on starships... – KRyan Apr 10 '17 at 23:34
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    @Ryan: I guess you could say that, but not because they have to do with air, land and water. The Greek-originated prefix "tri-" simply stands for "three". Triathlon is called so because this sport consists of three distinct disciplines (cf. biathlon, pentathlon, decathlon). The word "triphibian" may be meant to describe specific environments something or someone can operate in but its "tri-" prefix still stands for just "three". – Andriy M Apr 11 '17 at 14:58
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    Great question and great answer too. Last night I was wondering whether multimedia or SUV would fit the bill. – hlecuanda Apr 11 '17 at 15:00

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