aqua-

aqua-

variant of aqui-.

Origin:
probably orig. attributive use of aqua, or generalized from words in which it is etymologically the head noun of a phrase, as aquamarine, aquatint

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aqua-
combination element or prefix meaning "water," from L. aqua "water," cognate with P.Gmc. *akhwo, source of O.E. ea "river," Goth. ahua "river, waters," O.N. Ægir, name of the sea-god, O.E. ieg "island;" all from PIE *akwa- "water" (cf. Skt. ap "water," Hitt. akwanzi "they drink," Lith. uppe "a
river").
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