from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small enclosure or closed container in which selected living plants and sometimes small land animals, such as turtles and lizards, are kept and observed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosure where very small animals are displayed, often with some plants, in a naturalistic setting.
  • n. A partially enclosed glass container for displaying plants, especially plants that need high humidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vivarium for land animals; a place where such animals are kept alive for study or observation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vivarium in which selected living plants are kept and observed


New Latin terrārium : Latin terra, earth; see terrene + -arium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin terra ("earth") + -arium, by analogy with aquarium (Wiktionary)



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