- a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium).
- a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.
Origin of terrarium
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Examples from the Web for terrarium
Here is a fragment of the drama, as written in one terrarium.
This terrarium was made from an old berry crate (Figs. 125, 126).
This happened until there were seven butterflies in the terrarium.
On other occasions they preferred the netting at the ends and top of the terrarium.
If you miss them some day, search in the terrarium for the chrysalids into which they have changed.
- an enclosure for keeping small land animals
- a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown
C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth
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Word Origin and History for terrarium
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