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Wardian case

[wawr-dee-uh n]
noun
  1. a type of terrarium having a top and sides of glass.
  2. a case used for transporting plants, having wood sides and a glass top protected by wood slats.
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Origin of Wardian case

1835–45; named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791–1868), English botanist; see -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for wardian case

wardian case

noun
  1. a type of glass container used for housing delicate ferns and similar plants
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Word Origin

C19: named after N. B. Ward (died 1868), English botanist
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