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aquarium

[ uh-kwair-ee-uhm ]
/ əˈkwɛər i əm /
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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.

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Origin of aquarium

1840–50; blend of Latin aquārius of or for water (aqu(a) water + -ārius-ary) and vivarium; cf. -arium

OTHER WORDS FROM aquarium

a·quar·i·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aquarium

aquarium , Aquarius
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British Dictionary definitions for aquarium

aquarium
/ (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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