[ tuh-rair-ee-uhm ]

noun,plural ter·rar·i·ums, ter·rar·i·a [tuh-rair-ee-uh]. /təˈrɛər i ə/.
  1. a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium).

  2. a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.

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Origin of terrarium

First recorded in 1885–90; terr(a) + -arium

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British Dictionary definitions for terrarium


/ (tɛˈrɛərɪəm) /

nounplural -rariums or -raria (-ˈrɛərɪə)
  1. an enclosure for keeping small land animals

  2. a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown

Origin of terrarium

C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth

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