a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, which often denote a location or receptacle (armarium; caldarium; solarium; vivarium). It has limited productivity in English, especially in words denoting an artificial environment for plants or animals, on the model of vivarium or herbarium: aquarium; insectarium; terrarium.
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Origin of -arium
< Latin -ārium; see -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for -arium
suffix forming nouns
indicating a place for or associated with somethingaquarium; planetarium; solarium
Word Origin for -arium
from Latin -ārium, neuter of -ārius -ary
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