[ak-wuh-kuhl-cher, ah-kwuh-]


the cultivation of aquatic animals and plants, especially fish, shellfish, and seaweed, in natural or controlled marine or freshwater environments; underwater agriculture.


Origin of aquaculture

First recorded in 1865–70; aqua- + (agri)culture
Related formsaq·ua·cul·tur·al, adjectiveaq·ua·cul·tur·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of aquaculture

  • Look for this aquaculture to catch on as mankind, unfortunately, continues to pollute our waterways.

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    What's Next for Foodies

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    September 10, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for aquaculture




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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Science definitions for aquaculture


[ăkwə-kŭl′chər, äkwə-]

The science of cultivating marine or freshwater food fish, such as salmon and trout, or shellfish, such as oysters and clams, under controlled conditions.
See hydroponics.
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