aquar·i·um | \ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm \
plural aquariums or aquaria\-ē-ə \

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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With Push the Feeling DJs; pop-up beer garden; extended aquarium/exhibition hours; The Plant Ladym and Sutro Stewards, plant talks; planetarium screening; cocktails., "Exhibits listings," 12 July 2018 Help foster their desire for knowledge and encourage creativity by taking them to the aquarium or the science center rather than trying to drill basic academic skills. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "6 things your child should know before entering preschool," 29 June 2018 The county would spend up to $95 million on basic repairs, change the Show Dome to an Ecological Habitat Zone with canopy walks and aquariums, add a butterfly exhibit, outdoor children's garden and a full-size restaurant. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Decision time is quickly approaching for the future of the leaking, aging Mitchell Park Domes," 25 June 2018 Sitting under the relentless blue lights and crystalline shimmer in this new world under the sea, the sensation’s gone from disco to aquarium, surrounded by an inchoate tumble of pretty things. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018 With Crawford and the Giants in Houston last week to play Cole and the Astros, both families enjoyed a visit to Houston's aquarium on Monday's off day. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Son of Vlad is off to a big start; Indians bullpen is not," 26 May 2018 Following an April 17 visit to the aquarium, about 15 kindergartners from a Chicago parochial school experienced norovirus-like symptoms, although none of the 52 students from St. Clement School ate food there, according to the Chicago Archdiocese. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Food at Shedd not reason more than 100 Andrew High students got sick after prom: health officials," 11 May 2018 Ticket includes penguin encounter, food tastings and admission to aquarium. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: March 12-18," 12 Mar. 2018 The new bridge will be next to the aquarium, and Audubon has been spearheading its design. Beau Evans,, "Work on Canal Street ferry terminal expected to begin in September," 20 Feb. 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 \

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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