aeroponics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

aero·​pon·​ics ¦er-ō-¦pä-niks How to pronounce aeroponics (audio)
: the growing of plants by suspending their roots in the air and spraying them with nutrient solutions
Hydroponics allows us to grow plants in a water-and-nutrient solution, while aeroponics grows them in a nutrient-laden mist.Dickson D. Despommier, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2009
aeroponic adjective
Tomatoes take especially well to aeroponic growing. Johnathan L. Wright, Reno Gazette-Journal, 20 Aug. 2008
aeroponic technology
aeroponically adverb
Fog can actually carry dissolved nutrients for growing plants aeroponically, suspended in the air, with their clean roots dangling in the fog. Marshall Ingwerson, Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 1985

Word History

Etymology

aero- + (hydro)ponics

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aeroponics was in 1957

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“Aeroponics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aeroponics. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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