- a glass-sided tank, bowl, or the like, in which fish or other living aquatic animals or plants are kept.
- a building or institution in which fish or other aquatic animals or plants are kept for exhibit, study, etc.
Origin of aquarium
Examples from the Web for aquaria
I wish all the young people who write about aquaria could see mine.
It is interesting to watch the Dragon flies through their transformations, as they can easily be kept in aquaria.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
As absurd, impartially considered, as the strange creatures quaintly adapted to curious environments one saw in aquaria.Dreamers of the Ghetto
In the following paragraphs are given directions for making the necessary live-cages and aquaria for these insects.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
How does Mother Nature manage the ventilation of her aquaria, the ponds and streams?The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
- a tank, bowl, or pool in which aquatic animals and plants are kept for pleasure, study, or exhibition
- a building housing a collection of aquatic life, as for exhibition
Word Origin and History for aquaria
1830, noun use of neuter of Latin aquarius "pertaining to water," as a noun, "water-carrier," genitive of aqua "water" (see aqua-). The word existed in Latin, but there it meant "drinking place for cattle." Originally especially for growing aquatic plants; An earlier attempt at a name for "fish tank" was marine vivarium.