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[ak-wuh, ah-kwuh] /ˈæk wə, ˈɑ kwə/
noun, plural aquae
[ak-wee, ah-kwee] /ˈæk wi, ˈɑ kwi/ (Show IPA),
Chiefly Pharmacology.
  1. water.
  2. a liquid.
  3. a solution, especially in water.
a light greenish-blue color.
having the color aqua.
Origin of aqua
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: water


variant of aqui-.
probably orig. attributive use of aqua, or generalized from words in which it is etymologically the head noun of a phrase, as aquamarine, aquatint Unabridged
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  • Hence the composition was named aqua Tofania, aqua della Toffana, and acquetta di Napoli.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • If the precipitate fails to dissolve, it is treated with aqua regia.

    Legal Chemistry A. Naquet
  • The elder Calabrian, whom they addressed as Cristofano, asked for a glass of aqua vit, which he handed respectfully to me.

    Auriol W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • Ruins of it, as well as of the aqua Claudia, exist at the present day.

  • That was all they wanted: their continual allowance of aqua vitae.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • A print from it, in aqua fortis, by Alessio Loyr, is mentioned Lett.

    A Treatise on Painting Leonardo Da Vinci
British Dictionary definitions for aqua


noun (pl) aquae (ˈækwiː), aquas
water: used in compound names of certain liquid substances (as in aqua regia) or solutions of substances in water (as in aqua ammoniae), esp in the names of pharmacological solutions
short for aquamarine (sense 2)
Word Origin
Latin: water
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Word Origin and History for aqua

"water," late 14c.; see aqua-. Used in late Middle English in combinations to mean "decoction, solution" (cf. aqua regia, a mix of concentrated acids, literally "royal water," so called for its power to dissolve gold and other "noble" metals). As the name of a light greenish-blue color, 1936.


word-forming element meaning "water," from Latin aqua "water; the sea; rain," cognate with Proto-Germanic *akhwo, source of Old English ea "river," Gothic ahua "river, waters," Old Norse Ægir, name of the sea-god, Old English ieg "island;" all from PIE *akwa- "water" (cf. Sanskrit ap "water," Hittite akwanzi "they drink," Lithuanian uppe "a river").

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