aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio) \
plural aquariums or aquaria\ ə-​ˈkwer-​ē-​ə How to pronounce aquaria (audio) \

Definition of aquarium

1 : a container (such as a glass tank) or an artificial pond in which living aquatic animals or plants are kept
2 : an establishment where aquatic organisms are kept and exhibited

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The aquarium said the seal, named Laysan, was rescued in Maine in May of 2018 and rehabilitated by the Mystic Aquarium before being released this past January., "Wandering seal back in Long Island Sound after swimming 100 miles up Connecticut River," 7 June 2019 The program features compositions by Debussy, Pierne, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Saint-Sean, and Rachmaninov, inspired by storm, babbling brook, the Hebrides sea cave, boat, barque (and barcarolle), and an aquarium. Robert Knox,, "Play in Marshfield tells story of a kitchen legend," 25 May 2018 From 1975 until 1996, the palace contained the country’s first national museum and a popular aquarium. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 He was arrested for stealing Miss Helen from the SA aquarium. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Texas aquarium shark thief may have posed as supplier to stake out exhibit, staff says," 1 Aug. 2018 The action finale cross-cuts rather laboriously between Ant-Man (now in HUGE mode) flailing around the bay off Fisherman’s Wharf, and the rescue of Janet from the polyp aquarium. Michael Phillips,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' review: Here's one infestation we can get behind," 27 June 2018 Turtles require a varied and sometime messy diet, room to roam in an aquarium and strict temperature control. Washington Post, "Turtles can make great pets, but do your homework first," 5 June 2018 Bringing real-life science experiences to school children could be just the splash of genius local aquariums and educators need. Melissa Reinert,, "Science makes a splash at Cincinnati Public Schools," 5 June 2018 Parrot feather has been prohibited in Michigan since 2005, but is available for online purchase and still may be in aquariums and water gardens around the state. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Watch out for parrot feathers on Michigan waterways," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of aquarium

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquarium

probably alteration of aquatic vivarium

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English Language Learners 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


aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio) \

Kids Definition of aquarium

1 : a container (as a tank or bowl) in which fish and other water animals and plants can live
2 : a building in which water animals or water plants are exhibited

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