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Wardian case

[wawr-dee-uh n] /ˈwɔr di ən/
noun
1.
a type of terrarium having a top and sides of glass.
2.
a case used for transporting plants, having wood sides and a glass top protected by wood slats.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791-1868), English botanist; see -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for Wardian case

wardian case

/ˈwɔːdɪən/
noun
1.
a type of glass container used for housing delicate ferns and similar plants
Word Origin
C19: named after N. B. Ward (died 1868), English botanist
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Encyclopedia Article for Wardian case

terrarium

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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