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aqualung Syllabification: aq·ua·lung
Pronunciation: /ˈäkwəˌləNG/
(also trademark Aqua-Lung)

Definition of aqualung in English:


A portable breathing apparatus for divers, consisting of cylinders of compressed air strapped on the diver’s back, feeding air automatically through a mask or mouthpiece.
Example sentences
  • The modus operandi, they said, was for divers with aqualungs to collect perlemoen which they then took ashore at dusk in sacks and left in a hideout in the bush and dunes.
  • She pulled out the mouthpiece of her aqualung, briefly, and shouted his name into the water.
  • If I went, and I would, I'd want the full suit, with an aqualung and a parachute.


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Swim underwater using an aqualung .
Example sentences
  • If the water flows into the room, grab the tanks and get aqualunging.


1950s (originally a proprietary name in the US): from Latin aqua 'water' + lung.

Words that rhyme with aqualung

hamstrung • ox tongue

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