vivarium

[ vahy-vair-ee-uh m, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈvɛər i əm, vɪ- /
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noun, plural vi·var·i·ums, vi·var·i·a [vahy-vair-ee-uh, vi-] /vaɪˈvɛər i ə, vɪ-/.

a place, such as a laboratory, where live animals or plants are kept under conditions simulating their natural environment, as for research.

Nearby words

  1. vivacity,
  2. vivaldi,
  3. vivaldi, antonio,
  4. vivamus,
  5. vivandière,
  6. vivax,
  7. vivax malaria,
  8. vive,
  9. vive le roi,
  10. vivekananda

Origin of vivarium

1590–1600; < Latin vīvārium, equivalent to vīv(us) living (see vital) + -ārium -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for vivarium

vivarium

/ (vaɪˈvɛərɪəm) /

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)

a place where live animals are kept under natural conditions for study, research, etc

Word Origin for vivarium

C16: from Latin: enclosure where live fish or game are kept, from vīvus alive

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Word Origin and History for vivarium

vivarium

n.

c.1600, "game park," from Latin vivarium "enclosure for live game, park, warren, preserve, fish pond," neuter singular of vivarius, from vivus "alive, living" (see vivid). Meaning "glass bowl for studying living creatures" is from 1853.

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