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[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.
Also, aquiculture.
Origin of aquaculture
1865-70; aqua- + (agri)culture
Related forms
aquacultural, adjective
aquaculturist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aquaculture
  • Salmon enjoyed a brief rebound after buyouts of commercial fisheries and the introduction of aquaculture.
  • aquaculture is a high tech industry with a great future.
  • The condition of the oceans makes responsible aquaculture necessary.
  • As the vermiculture and aquaculture examples suggest, we're not talking about grandpa's idea of food production.
  • It's not even clear how this full-scale aquaculture was meant to work.
  • But it continues to pump up deep seawater for commercial aquaculture operations and coastal cooling.
  • It's aquaculture's answer to having your cake and eating it too.
  • The lake is used mainly for fishing and aquaculture, which includes a large blue crab operation.
  • Now, people say the same sort of things about aquaculture.
  • New species, strains and breeds are being used in aquaculture, and being created by it.
British Dictionary definitions for aquaculture


the cultivation of freshwater and marine resources, both plant and animal, for human consumption or use
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Word Origin and History for aquaculture

1869, from aqua- + culture (n.).

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aquaculture in Science
  (āk'wə-kŭl'chər, ä'kwə-)   
  1. The science of cultivating marine or freshwater food fish, such as salmon and trout, or shellfish, such as oysters and clams, under controlled conditions.

  2. See hydroponics.

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