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aquarium

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noun aquar·i·um \ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm\

Simple Definition of aquarium

  • : a glass or plastic container in which fish and other water animals and plants can live

  • : a building people can visit to see water animals and plants

Full Definition of aquarium

plural aquar·i·ums or -ia \-ē-ə\

  1. 1 :  a container (as a glass tank) or an artificial pond in which living aquatic animals or plants are kept

  2. 2 :  an establishment where aquatic organisms are kept and exhibited

Origin of aquarium

probably alteration of aquatic vivarium


First Known Use: circa 1847

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