Definition of aquaponics in English:


plural noun

  • [treated as singular] A system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water:

    ‘thanks to its automatic recirculating system, aquaponics does not require much monitoring or measuring’
    • ‘We also chose to incorporate fish cultivation through the use of aquaponics, allowing us to farm protein and produce at the same time.’
    • ‘Described as a "fish farm-cum-kitchen garden," the Local River works using the principle of aquaponics, a system used in Far East fish-farms.’
    • ‘Still in its infancy, aquaponics is following a steady upward growth curve.’
    • ‘Aquaponics, or the cultivation of plants that grow on the surface of nutrient rich ponds, is the final stage in the system.’
    • ‘Although aquaponics is seen primarily as providing a valuable twin crop for commercial hydroponic growers, Chapman says the dual system is also an opportunity for backyard hobbyists’
    • ‘His zeal for aquaponics led him to the farming class.’
    • ‘"Since we don't want to give up the rich diet we now enjoy, technologies like aquaponics can fill a gap and help us to grow things such as pak choi, which would otherwise be imported."’
    • ‘By using eco friendly methods such as aquaponics, hydroponics, aquagardening, aquaculture and fish farming the world should be able to eat green!’
    • ‘A new indoor fish-growing and aquaponics facility will enable inmates to grow fish for meals and produce fertilizer that will allow them to grow produce year-round.’
    • ‘He tried to introduce aquaponics, a self-replenishing agricultural system, to rural villages.’
    • ‘Mr. Hughey is not just another proselytizer for aquaponics but, in his words, an ‘agri-missionary’ who hopes to help feed the developing world.’


1930s (in the sense ‘hydroponics’): blend of aqua- and hydroponics.