Anything hydroponic has something to do with growing plants in water or other materials instead of soil. A hydroponic tomato was probably grown using liquid nutrients, inside a greenhouse.

The word hydroponic comes from two Greek roots: hydro-, or "water," and ponein, "to labor, work, or toil." When the work of growing a plant involves special nutrients dissolved in water rather than conventional beds in soil, that plant is hydroponic. Sometimes the roots of hydroponic plants are suspended in liquid, but often other non-soil materials like gravel or coir are used.

Definitions of hydroponic
  1. adjective
    of or relating to aquiculture
    hydroponic lettuce”
    synonyms: aquacultural, aquicultural
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