Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin terra, earth; see terrene + –arium.]

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From Latin terra ("earth") + -arium, by analogy with aquarium

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