aqua·​pon·​ics ˌa-kwə-ˈpä-niks How to pronounce aquaponics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: 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 Rainwater might also be fed into an aquaponics growing system. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 22 June 2023 Veal said that the city could redevelop a brownfield site, which is property no longer in use often because of contamination, as an aquaponics facility. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2020 While the majority of products come from a supplier out of Houston, a variety of local vendors, including many at the downtown farmer’s market, give Jubilee deals, and Urban REAP, a part of Mission Waco, has an aquaponics system that provides fresh produce for the store. Haeven Gibbons, Dallas News, 5 May 2023 The aquaponics lab is being entirely funded by grants from STEM giants Northrop Grumman and Dominion Energy, as well as the Micron Opportunity Fund at the Community Foundation. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2023 Kojo Anku, the aquaponics farmer in Accra, says his yields of organic vegetables and herbs are up to eight times those of traditional farms, and the plants grow faster. IEEE Spectrum, 6 June 2013 Goldfish bask in the aquaponics greenhouse., 14 May 2021 The urban farm would use a recirculating system known as aquaponics. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 1 Feb. 2023 Mike went on to Cal Poly Pomona to study agriculture and became interested in aquaponics. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin aqua + -ponics (in hydroponics)

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aquaponics was in 1981

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“Aquaponics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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