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[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)
a large saltwater aquarium for the display and observation of fish and other marine life.
Origin of oceanarium
1935-40; ocean + -arium, modelled on aquarium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oceanarium
  • The oceanarium was holding the skua in isolation before introducing it to other animals in an exhibit.
  • There are also tennis courts, a water park, an indoor pool and an oceanarium where guests can swim with dolphins.
  • Marine mammal trainers often start by volunteering at an oceanarium or zoo.
  • Employee interviews were conducted and the oceanarium ventilation system was evaluated.
British Dictionary definitions for oceanarium


noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
a large saltwater aquarium for marine life
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