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[tuh-rair-ee-uh m] /təˈrɛər i əm/
noun, plural terrariums, terraria
[tuh-rair-ee-uh] /təˈrɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
a vivarium for land animals (distinguished from aquarium).
a glass container, chiefly or wholly enclosed, for growing and displaying plants.
Origin of terrarium
1885-90; terr(a) + -arium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for terrarium
  • The frog sits in a terrarium, a big grin on its face.
  • When he got home, he lifted the snake and laid it in the terrarium, then he opened the lid of the rat's box.
  • Each terrarium is exposed to a different amount of sunlight each day.
  • The disease appears when plants are grown under conditions of high humidity, such as in a terrarium.
  • There is a large terrarium and films and slide programs are shown in the modern theater.
  • Allow this aquarium, which is now a terrarium, to operate for a day or two.
  • Snakes were then returned to the appropriate terrarium.
  • Have students build a terrarium to grow carnivorous plants.
British Dictionary definitions for terrarium


noun (pl) -rariums, -raria (-ˈrɛərɪə)
an enclosure for keeping small land animals
a glass container, often a globe, in which plants are grown
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin terra earth
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Word Origin and History for terrarium

1890, from Modern Latin, formed from Latin terra "land" (see terrain) + -arium, abstracted from aquarium.

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