- The term most likely came from the need of a word that described showy movements in the water, as the term acrobatics is more often used when talking about movements in the air. Using the prefix aqua was an easy choice that seemed to flow well with the rest of the word.
A spectacular performance of great agility in the swimming pool.
Etymology : aqua- 'water', from Latin aqua + acrobatics 'spectacular performance of great ability'
Source : "a non-stop demonstration of dynamic acrobatics, aquabatics, strength, strategy, and stamina" — http://www.florida-themepark-tic…m/sea-world.htm
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