Wardian case

[ wawr-dee-uh n ]
/ ˈwɔr di ən /


a type of terrarium having a top and sides of glass.
a case used for transporting plants, having wood sides and a glass top protected by wood slats.

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
/ (ˈwɔːdɪən) /


a type of glass container used for housing delicate ferns and similar plants

Word Origin for wardian case

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