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[uh-kwat-ik, uh-kwot-] /əˈkwæt ɪk, əˈkwɒt-/
of, in, or pertaining to water.
living or growing in water:
aquatic plant life.
taking place or practiced on or in water:
aquatic sports.
an aquatic plant or animal.
aquatics, sports practiced on or in water.
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 forms
aquatically, adverb
nonaquatic, adjective
transaquatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aquatic
  • State health officials said the incident posed no threat to drinking water or aquatic life.
  • Trouble is, these ballast water pools typically harbor lots of aquatic species.
  • Walking on water may seem miraculous, but for tiny aquatic snails, it's an everyday activity.
  • Three levels of shelves hold aquatic plants such as water irises and lilies.
  • The unprecedented use of fresh water has led to the declining populations of these aquatic giants.
  • Freshwater ecosystems are aquatic systems which contain drinkable water or water of almost no salt content.
  • Except that they were still involved with aquatic transportation, their world changed completely.
  • The creature is believed to be the extinct aquatic ancestor of scorpions and possibly of all arachnids.
  • It used to be thought that, by virtue of their tails, they were primarily aquatic.
  • Whales are highly-modified, once-hoofed mammals which are entirely aquatic.
British Dictionary definitions for aquatic


/əˈkwætɪk; əˈkwɒt-/
growing, living, or found in water
(sport) performed in or on water
a marine or freshwater animal or plant
Word Origin
C15: from Latin aquāticus, from aqua water
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Word Origin and History for aquatic

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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aquatic in Science
Relating to, living in, or growing in water.
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