Elements of the Universe: Aqua – 12 Words

aqua

a shade of blue tinged with green

With an aqua, orange and yellow color scheme, the room is bright and cheery but gives off a slight cafeteria vibe.Washington Post (Jul 26, 2015)
aquamarine

a transparent variety of beryl that is blue green in color

The crook is set with precious stones, rubies, turquoises, aquamarine, and lapis lazuli.Jackson, F. Hamilton (Frederick Hamilton)
aquatint

a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color

During the following decades numerous technical variations were developed, the most popular being the pastel manner, the stipple, and the aquatint.Kainen, Jacob
aquatic

operating or living or growing in water

Stunned researchers in Antarctica have discovered fish and other aquatic animals living in perpetual darkness and cold, beneath a roof of ice 740 meters thick.Scientific American (Jul 2, 2015)
aquarium

a tank or pool filled with water for keeping live fish

People feel significantly happier and their blood pressure comes down when they spend time in aquariums.BBC (Jul 31, 2015)
aquaculture

rearing aquatic animals or cultivating aquatic plants for food

Norway is among the countries embracing aquaculture and is the world’s leading producer of farmed Atlantic salmon.BBC (Jun 11, 2015)
aquifer

underground layer of rock or sand that yields groundwater

But the shallowest layers — say, the first mile — can hold natural reservoirs, or aquifers, with water sweeter and cleaner than almost any other on Earth.Scientific American (Jul 20, 2015)
aqueduct

a conduit that carries water over a valley

Half the water for Los Angeles comes by aqueduct from the Owens Valley over 200 miles away, a diversion that began in 1913.Washington Times (Apr 22, 2015)
aqueous

similar to or containing or dissolved in water

The front cavity of the eyeball, which is again divided in part by the iris, is filled with the aqueous humor.Walters, Francis M.
aqualung

a device that lets divers breathe under water

On the other hand, the Scuba—Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, like the boys’ aqualungs, really does allow the diver to get down among the fish.Goodwin, Harold L. (Harold Leland)
aqua vitae

strong distilled liquor or brandy

Must I then leave you, Gin, Rum, Brandy, Aqua Vitae—pleasant jolly fellows—Damn Temperance and them that first invented itLucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall)
aqua fortis

acid used especially in the production of fertilizers and explosives and rocket fuels

What is the antidote for aqua fortis and oil of vitriol?Cutter, Calvin

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