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Wardian case

[wawr-dee-uh n] /ˈwɔr di ən/
a type of terrarium having a top and sides of glass.
a case used for transporting plants, having wood sides and a glass top protected by wood slats.
Origin of Wardian case
1835-45; named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791-1868), English botanist; see -ian Unabridged
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  • The Wardian case has been instrumental in diffusing a love of these pursuits among all classes of society.

  • When neatly and artistically filled with suitable plants, a Wardian case becomes a thing of beauty.

    Your Plants James Sheehan
British Dictionary definitions for Wardian case

wardian case

a type of glass container used for housing delicate ferns and similar plants
Word Origin
C19: named after N. B. Ward (died 1868), English botanist
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