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Coined early 1843 (January or February) by Spencer Timothy Hall.[1] From Latin aqua (water) + -ative (related to) +‎ -ness (the quality of).


aquativeness (uncountable)

  1. (phrenology, obsolete, obscure) love of liquids, including drinking, bathing, and sailing.
    • 1843, Orson Squire Fowler, Phrenology and physiology explained and applied to education[1], page 193:
      1843, The American Phrenological Journal and Miscellany, Volume 5, p. 193:
      Just in front of Alimentiveness, is one or more organs which create a love of drinking, bathing, sailing, &c., which might be called Aquativeness, or Bibativeness, or Thirst, as thought best.


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  1. ^ The Phrenological Journal, and Magazine of Moral Science, Volume 16, 1843, “Lectures on Mesmero-Phrenology”, p. 203:
    “Among Mr Hall’s new organs are those of Velocity, Aquativeness, Riding, Walking, Climbing, Descending, Excavativeness, and so on!”