hydroponicist

hydroponics

[hahy-druh-pon-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil; soilless growth of plants. Compare aeroculture, geoponics ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1935–40; hydro-1 + (geo)ponics

hydroponic, adjective
hydroponically, adverb
hydroponist [hahy-drop-uh-nist] , hydroponicist, noun
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hydroponics (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈpɒnɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) Also called: aquiculture a method of cultivating plants by growing them in gravel, etc, through which water containing dissolved inorganic nutrient salts is pumped
 
[C20: from hydro- + (geo)ponics]
 
hydro'ponic
 
adj
 
hydro'ponically
 
adv

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hydroponics
1937, formed in Eng. from hydro-, comb. form of Gk. hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + -ponics, from Gk. ponein "to labor, toil," from ponos "labor" (see span (v.)).
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hydroponics   (hī'drə-pŏn'ĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
The cultivation of plants in a nutrient-rich solution, rather than in soil, and under controlled conditions of light, temperature, and humidity. Also called aquaculture.
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hydroponics [(heye-druh-pon-iks)]

Cultivating plants in an artificial environment in which the necessary nutrients are carried to the roots in a liquid mixture.

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