terraria

terrarium

[tuh-rair-ee-uhm]
noun, plural terrariums, terraria [tuh-rair-ee-uh] .
1.
a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium ).
2.
a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.

Origin:
1885–90; terr(a) + -arium

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terrarium (tɛˈrɛərɪəm)
 
n , pl -rariums, -raria
1.  an enclosure for keeping small land animals
2.  a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth]

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terrarium
1890, from Mod.L., formed from L. terra "land" (see terrain) + -arium, abstracted from aquarium.
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