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Cultivation of marine organisms in their natural habitats, usually for commercial purposes.

[Latin mare, mari-, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots + culture.]

mar′i·cul′tur·al adj.
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(Agriculture) the cultivation of marine plants and animals in their natural environment
[C20: from Latin mari-, mare sea + culture]
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