AskDefine | Define aquatic

Dictionary Definition

aquatic adj
1 relating to or consisting of or being in water; "an aquatic environment"
2 operating or living or growing in water; "boats are aquatic vehicles"; "water lilies are aquatic plants"; "fish are aquatic animals" [ant: terrestrial, amphibious] n : a plant that lives in or on water

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  1. Relating to water; living in or near water, taking place in water.


relating to water; living in or near water, taking place in water

Extensive Definition

The term aquatic refers to "things" that are in or of the water but not to water itself, and can refer to the following:
  • Plants and/or animals living in oceans, estuaries, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and ponds (aquatic environments).
  • Water, as in rivers, lakes, oceans, groundwater, is NOT aquatic. Surface water bodies like rivers, lakes, etc. and groundwater are better referred to as Water Resources.
  • Shorthand for an aquatic plant.
  • Aquatic ecology (limnology), a discipline that uses the principles and methods of ecology to study natural organisms that live in water, and thus make up Aquatic ecosystems.
  • Aquatic ecosystem, an ecosystem located in a body of water.
  • Aquatics, another name for watersports.

See also

aquatic in German: Aquatil
aquatic in Spanish: Acuático

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aqueous, balneal, deep-sea, estuarine, grallatorial, hydrated, hydraulic, hydrous, liquid, littoral, natant, natatorial, natatory, plashy, seashore, shore, sloppy, splashy, swashy, swimming, tidal, water-dwelling, water-growing, water-living, water-loving, waterish, watery
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