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oceanarium

[oh-shuh-nair-ee-uh m] /ˌoʊ ʃəˈnɛər i əm/
noun, plural oceanariums, oceanaria
[oh-shuh-nair-ee-uh] /ˌoʊ ʃəˈnɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a large saltwater aquarium for the display and observation of fish and other marine life.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; ocean + -arium, modelled on aquarium
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British Dictionary definitions for oceanaria

oceanarium

/ˌəʊʃəˈnɛərɪəm/
noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
1.
a large saltwater aquarium for marine life
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Encyclopedia Article for oceanaria

oceanarium

saltwater aquarium for displaying marine animals and plants, particularly oceanic, or pelagic, fishes and mammals. It serves as a centre for public entertainment and education and scientific study. Most oceanariums are located in coastal areas. The world's first large oceanarium, now known as Marineland (q.v.), was completed in 1938 near St. Augustine, Fla., U.S

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