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[uh-kwat-ik, uh-kwot-]
  1. of, in, or pertaining to water.
  2. living or growing in water: aquatic plant life.
  3. taking place or practiced on or in water: aquatic sports.
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  1. an aquatic plant or animal.
  2. aquatics, sports practiced on or in water.
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Origin of aquatic

1480–90; < Latin aquāticus, equivalent to aqu(a) water + -āticus (see -ate1, -ic); replacing late Middle English aquatyque < Middle French < Latin, as above
Related formsa·quat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·quat·ic, adjectivetrans·a·quat·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples of aquatically

  • It was too much, I fancied, even for the most aquatically inclined duck.

    Kate Vernon, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mrs. Alexander

British Dictionary definitions for aquatically


  1. growing, living, or found in water
  2. sport performed in or on water
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  1. a marine or freshwater animal or plant
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Word Origin for aquatic

C15: from Latin aquāticus, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for aquatically



late 15c., from Middle French and Old French aquatique (13c.), from Latin aquaticus "growing in water; bringing rain," from aqua "water" (see aqua-)

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aquatically in Science


  1. Relating to, living in, or growing in water.
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