aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm \
plural aquariums or aquaria\ ə-​ˈkwer-​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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Green, lively aquariums weren’t the only place the team looked to for inspiration. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The art behind the gorgeous indie game Gris," 20 Dec. 2018 Conceived four years ago, the attraction has a direct tie-in to Lego's Deep Sea Adventure line of toys and complements its aquarium that opened eight years ago. Lori Weisberg,, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018 Similar tools for other hobbies include Model Train App (for model-train enthusiasts), Aquarimate (for tracking the fish and gear for your personal aquarium) and CLZ Comics (for comic-book collectors). Alexandra Samuel, WSJ, "Learning a New Hobby Has Never Been Easier," 14 Dec. 2018 Sure, children and parents alike love the deep-dish pizza, but the Windy City offers everything from top-notch kid-centric theater productions to one of the world’s largest aquariums. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 On shore, the Alaska SeaLife Center is the largest public aquarium and the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in the state, according to the center. Kirsten Swann, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood, Whittier, Seward: The best of Alaska along one epic, scenic highway," 3 May 2018 Fado or the famous Clube de Fado; head to the Museum for Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT), which opened its doors late last year; or take the kids to the Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe's largest indoor aquarium. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Lisbon from $440 Round-Trip," 26 Apr. 2018 For that and many other reasons, says the aquarium’s 33-year-old curator, Laura Griffith-Cochrane, folks around here tend to make a party out of the rain. Sunset, "An Epic Adventure on B.C.’s Vancouver Island," 22 Jan. 2018 Dioramas, huge animal displays amid re-creations of their natural habitats, and large aquariums ignite your imagination. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Glendale," 18 Feb. 2015

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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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The first known use of aquarium was circa 1847

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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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