noun, plural in form but singular in construction
aqua·​pon·​ics | \ ˌa-kwə-ˈpä-niks How to pronounce aquaponics (audio) , ˌä- \

Definition of aquaponics

: a system of growing plants in the water that has been used to cultivate aquatic organisms

Examples of aquaponics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early next year, the Marine Education Initiative hopes to have received all the tanks and related machinery from The Aquaponic Source in Colorado in order to launch its aquaponics program within its east Boca Raton location. Rick Menning,, "Aquaponics program aims to provide food for families in need," 31 Dec. 2020 There are several methods for growing lettuces and vegetables indoors, including aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "With $68 million in funds, Minnesota's Revol Greens to expand in Texas," 25 Sep. 2020 On 2 acres along the Midtown Greenway, there are plots of beets, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers, greenhouses for tomatoes and peppers, beehives, hydroponics and aquaponics, and a brand-new chicken coop next to a stand of cherry trees. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "A block from Lake Street, urban farm tries to meet growing need," 22 Aug. 2020 Villarreal, who is also a skilled tradesman and has experience with aquaponics, became a co-owner of the company in February. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is an untapped market': Aquaponics farm will raise chemical and GMO free vegetables and fish," 11 Aug. 2020 Brooks owns an agtech company called NxT Horizon that focuses on affordable urban aquaponics. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "'Grow it if we can': Aquaponics pioneer reimagines food in victory gardens, 'edible landscapes'," 11 Aug. 2020 Octopus Ventures led the round and was joined by investors including EQT Ventures. – Upward Farms, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based aquaponics operation firm, raised $15 million in funding. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why you shouldn’t completely shrug off those millennial trends," 9 July 2020 The aquaponics facility would provide food, job training and employment opportunities for local residents. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "How has Indianapolis responded to climate change? This commission wants to find out.," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of aquaponics

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aquaponics

Latin aqua + -ponics (in hydroponics)

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8 Jan 2021

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“Aquaponics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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