[ uh-kwair-ee-uh m ]
/ əˈkwɛər i əm /
noun, plural a·quar·i·ums, a·quar·i·a [uh-kwair-ee-uh] /əˈkwɛər i ə/.
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
Related formsa·quar·i·al, adjective
Can be confusedaquarium Aquarius
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British Dictionary definitions for aquarial
/ (əˈkwɛərɪəm) /
noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
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 for aquarium
C19: from Latin aquārius relating to water, on the model of vivarium
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