aquaculture

noun
aqua·​cul·​ture | \ ˈä-kwə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce aquaculture (audio) , ˈa- \
variants: or less commonly aquiculture

Definition of aquaculture

: the cultivation of aquatic organisms (such as fish or shellfish) especially for food

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Other Words from aquaculture

aquacultural \ ˌä-​kwə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rəl How to pronounce aquacultural (audio) , ˌa-​ \ adjective
aquaculture transitive verb
aquaculturist \ ˌä-​kwə-​ˈkəl-​ch(ə-​)rist How to pronounce aquaculturist (audio) , ˌa-​ \ noun

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For most of the modern history of aquaculture, only costly fish and shellfish like salmon and shrimp were harvested. But new technologies are allowing cheaper and more efficient cultivation of fish for food, and such common fish as cod are now being farmed. Seaweeds and other algae are also being grown--for food (mostly in Asia), cattle feed, fertilizer, and experimentally as a source of energy. Aquaculture is now the world's fastest-growing form of food production.

Examples of aquaculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once Europeans arrived in the area, clam aquaculture fell by the wayside. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "People and clams have a more complex history than you might think," 14 Oct. 2019 The question of octopus intelligence is central to debates surrounding aquaculture. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 But some archaeologists, like Tsuneo Nakajima of the Lake Biwa Museum in Japan and his colleagues, suggest that aquaculture may have started much earlier. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient," 17 Sep. 2019 The project leaders also run an aquaculture lab, where students breed and sell ornamental fish and donate the proceeds to conservationist causes. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County students inspire future caretakers of the natural world," 3 Sep. 2019 The local government on the Yucatán peninsula was apparently looking for someone to explore octopus aquaculture. Tik Root, Time, "Inside the Race to Build the World's First Commercial Octopus Farm," 21 Aug. 2019 Brown has also been talking to a businessman who hopes to burn waste wood to heat an indoor greenhouse-aquaculture operation. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 While Asian carp were originally imported to the U.S. to devour nuisance algae blooms in sewage treatment facilities and aquaculture ponds, the carp escaped confinement due to flooding and developed a mixed diet in the wild. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Asian carp have never breached a body of freshwater the size of Lake Michigan. Here’s the bizarre way they could survive and thrive in the world’s fifth largest lake.," 12 Aug. 2019 At 6,000 years old, the freshwater aquaculture system that traps eels in Budj Bim is older than Stonehenge—and is vital to the area’s Aborigine culture and economic success. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites, in Photos," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of aquaculture

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aquaculture

Latin aqua + English -culture (as in agriculture)

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The first known use of aquaculture was in 1864

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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Aquaculture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aquaculture. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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