WORD ORIGIN adjective of, like, or containing water; watery: an aqueous solution. (of rocks or sediments) formed of matter deposited in or by water. Origin of aqueous
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-eous Related forms a·que·ous·ly, adverb a·que·ous·ness, noun non·a·que·ous, adjective su·per·a·que·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aqueously adjective of, like, or containing water dissolved in water aqueous ammonia (of rocks, deposits, etc) formed from material laid down in water Word Origin for aqueous
C17: from Medieval Latin
aqueus, from Latin aqua water
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Word Origin and History for aqueously adj.
1640s, from Latin
aqua "water" (see aqua-) on analogy of French aqueux "watery" (16c., which, however, is from Late Latin aquosus "abounding in water"). Or by analogy of Latin terreus "earthy," from terra "earth." Aqueous humor is the original use in English.
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aqueous [ā ′kwē-əs, ăk ′wē-] adj. Relating to, similar to, containing, or dissolved in water; watery.
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Chemistry Relating to or dissolved in water. Geology Formed from matter deposited by water. Certain sedimentary rocks, such as limestone, are aqueous.
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