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[ak-wuh, ah-kwuh] /ˈæk wə, ˈɑ kwə/
noun, plural aquae
[ak-wee, ah-kwee] /ˈæk wi, ˈɑ kwi/ (Show IPA),
Chiefly Pharmacology.
  1. water.
  2. a liquid.
  3. a solution, especially in water.
a light greenish-blue color.
having the color aqua.
Origin of aqua
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: water


variant of aqui-.
probably orig. attributive use of aqua, or generalized from words in which it is etymologically the head noun of a phrase, as aquamarine, aquatint Unabridged
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  • There are many questions concerning the sustainability of aqua farming, none of which were raised by the author.
  • Now only limited number of aqua farms are in operation.
  • Who really knows what shrimp will cost ten years from now especially if the only place you can get them is from an aqua farm.
  • What is more some of the fertile lands converted into aqua farms turned saline.
  • Try scheduling a lunchtime run or aqua-aerobics with a friend or colleague.
  • The thirteen cakes are set in three unevenly spaced rows, against a steeply pitched, light-aqua background.
  • Parts of the lake not covered with pumice are colored aqua by the fine ash suspended in the water.
  • If you're at all aqua-minded you've come to the right place.
  • Small statues stand in niches backlit with brilliant aqua.
  • First, a cream-colored shirt is overdyed with aqua blue.
British Dictionary definitions for aqua


noun (pl) aquae (ˈækwiː), aquas
water: used in compound names of certain liquid substances (as in aqua regia) or solutions of substances in water (as in aqua ammoniae), esp in the names of pharmacological solutions
short for aquamarine (sense 2)
Word Origin
Latin: water
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Word Origin and History for aqua

"water," late 14c.; see aqua-. Used in late Middle English in combinations to mean "decoction, solution" (cf. aqua regia, a mix of concentrated acids, literally "royal water," so called for its power to dissolve gold and other "noble" metals). As the name of a light greenish-blue color, 1936.


word-forming element meaning "water," from Latin aqua "water; the sea; rain," cognate with Proto-Germanic *akhwo, source of Old English ea "river," Gothic ahua "river, waters," Old Norse Ægir, name of the sea-god, Old English ieg "island;" all from PIE *akwa- "water" (cf. Sanskrit ap "water," Hittite akwanzi "they drink," Lithuanian uppe "a river").

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