Wardian case

Wardian case

[wawr-dee-uhn]
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:
1835–45; named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791–1868), English botanist; see -ian

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wardian case (ˈwɔːdɪən)
 
n
a type of glass container used for housing delicate ferns and similar plants
 
[C19: named after N. B. Ward (died 1868), English botanist]

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wardian case

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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