terrarium

[ tuh-rair-ee-uh m ]
/ təˈrɛər i əm /
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noun, plural ter·rar·i·ums, ter·rar·i·a [tuh-rair-ee-uh] /təˈrɛər i ə/.

a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium).
a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.

Nearby words

  1. terramycin,
  2. terran,
  3. terrane,
  4. terrapin,
  5. terraqueous,
  6. terrazzo,
  7. terre adélie,
  8. terre haute,
  9. terre verte,
  10. terre-verte

Origin of terrarium

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

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British Dictionary definitions for terrarium

terrarium

/ (tɛˈrɛərɪəm) /

noun plural -rariums or -raria (-ˈrɛərɪə)

an enclosure for keeping small land animals
a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown

Word Origin for terrarium

C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth

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Word Origin and History for terrarium

terrarium

n.

1890, from Modern Latin, formed from Latin terra "land" (see terrain) + -arium, abstracted from aquarium.

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