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terrarium

[tuh-rair-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural ter·rar·i·ums, ter·rar·i·a [tuh-rair-ee-uh] /təˈrɛər i ə/.
  1. a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium).
  2. a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.
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Origin of terrarium

First recorded in 1885–90; terr(a) + -arium
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Historical Examples

  • Here is a fragment of the drama, as written in one terrarium.

    Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets

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  • On other occasions they preferred the netting at the ends and top of the terrarium.

  • This terrarium was made from an old berry crate (Figs. 125, 126).

  • This happened until there were seven butterflies in the terrarium.

  • Every one can also find crickets, and no terrarium will be complete without them.


British Dictionary definitions for terrarium

terrarium

noun plural -rariums or -raria (-ˈrɛərɪə)
  1. an enclosure for keeping small land animals
  2. a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth
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Word Origin and History for terrarium

n.

1890, from Modern Latin, formed from Latin terra "land" (see terrain) + -arium, abstracted from aquarium.

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