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[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)
a place, such as a laboratory, where live animals or plants are kept under conditions simulating their natural environment, as for research.
1590-1600; < Latin vīvārium, equivalent to vīv(us) living (see vital) + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vivarium
  • He insists upon taking the writer up to his flat to see his vivarium and his reptiles that talk.
  • Alarms and controls to be placed in the vivarium control area.
British Dictionary definitions for vivarium


noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
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 vivarium

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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Encyclopedia Article for vivarium


enclosure with glass sides, and sometimes a glass top, arranged for keeping plants or terrestrial or semi-terrestrial animals indoors. The purpose may be decoration, scientific observation, or plant or animal propagation

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