-arium

-arium

a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, which often denote a location or receptacle (armarium; caldarium; solarium; vivarium ). It has limited productivity in English, especially in words denoting an artificial environment for plants or animals, on the model of vivarium or herbarium: aquarium; insectarium; terrarium.
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Origin:
< Latin -ārium; see -ary

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-arium
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating a place for or associated with something: aquarium; planetarium; solarium
 
[from Latin -ārium, neuter of -ārius-ary]

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