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

Examples of aquarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our aquarium was endlessly shifted around the house for better feng shui (to the dismay of our fish). Belinda Huijuan Tang, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Plus, see local aquatic species in the Ohio Lakes and Rivers portion of the aquarium. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 The Houston branch of this aquarium also has a tiger exhibit and a stingray feeding exhibit. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 20 Apr. 2022 It’s part of the aquarium’s two-day Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 and 24. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The rest of the aquarium will still be open during the construction. Christine Condon,, 22 Feb. 2022 Connecticut’s chapter of Frog Watch USA is a collaboration of the aquarium, Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Jesse Leavenworth,, 22 Feb. 2022 Opened in 2018, this expansive 6,000-square foot hideaway is like your very own private aquarium. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 The finned femmes of folklore take over Sea Life San Antonio with the downtown aquarium’s first-ever mermaid experience. San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Aquarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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