[ ak-wuh-kuhl-cher, ah-kwuh- ]
/ ˈæk wəˌkʌl tʃər, ˈɑ kwə- /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM aquaculture

aq·ua·cul·tur·al, adjectiveaq·ua·cul·tur·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for aquaculture

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

    What's Next for Foodies|Jacquelynn D. Powers|September 10, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for aquaculture



/ (ˈækwəˌkʌltʃə) /


the cultivation of freshwater and marine resources, both plant and animal, for human consumption or use
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Scientific 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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