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vivarium

[vahy-vair-ee-uh m, vi-] /vaɪˈvɛər i əm, vɪ-/
noun, plural vivariums, vivaria
[vahy-vair-ee-uh, vi-] /vaɪˈvɛər i ə, vɪ-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a place, such as a laboratory, where live animals or plants are kept under conditions simulating their natural environment, as for research.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin vīvārium, equivalent to vīv(us) living (see vital) + -ārium -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for vivaria

vivarium

/vaɪˈvɛərɪəm/
noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
1.
a place where live animals are kept under natural conditions for study, research, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: enclosure where live fish or game are kept, from vīvus alive
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Word Origin and History for vivaria

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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