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A.Word.A.Day--geoponic

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This week's theme: words made using combining forms.

geoponic (jee-uh-PON-ik) adjective

Of or relating to agriculture.

[From Greek geoponikos, from geo- (earth) + ponein (to toil).]

Sometimes the term geoponics is used to refer to growing of plants in earth, as contrasted with hydroponics (growing in water) or aeroponics (in air).

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Our cherished leaf-mould ... had been delivered to us, ready wrapped, in huge portable quantities. Delivered unto us, you might be tempted to say, for what was this but geoponic manna?" Alan Coren; Alan Coren Column; The Times (London, UK); Oct 18, 1995.

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