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[ak-wuh-kuhl-cher, ah-kwuh-]
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  1. the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, especially fish, shellfish, and seaweed, in natural or controlled marine or freshwater environments; underwater agriculture.
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Origin of aquaculture

First recorded in 1865–70; aqua- + (agri)culture
Related formsaq·ua·cul·tur·al, adjectiveaq·ua·cul·tur·ist, noun
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Related Words for aquaculture

aquaculture, hydroponics

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British Dictionary definitions for aquaculture



  1. the cultivation of freshwater and marine resources, both plant and animal, for human consumption or use
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Word Origin and History for aquaculture


1869, from aqua- + culture (n.).

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aquaculture in Science


[ăkwə-kŭl′chər, äkwə-]
  1. The science of cultivating marine or freshwater food fish, such as salmon and trout, or shellfish, such as oysters and clams, under controlled conditions.
  2. See hydroponics.
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