aqua-


variant of aqui-.

Nearby words

  1. aqua ammoniae,
  2. aqua fortis,
  3. aqua pura,
  4. aqua regia,
  5. aqua vitae,
  6. aqua-lung,
  7. aquacade,
  8. aquaceutical,
  9. aquaculture,
  10. aquadag

Origin of aqua-

probably orig. attributive use of aqua, or generalized from words in which it is etymologically the head noun of a phrase, as aquamarine, aquatint

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Word Origin and History for aqua-

aqua-

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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