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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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 The school was unsure at the time what caused the students to become sick, but notified the aquarium and the bus company, Maselli said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Kindergartners ill after Shedd visit; symptoms similar to Andrew students who went to prom at aquarium," 3 May 2018 The shark heist began on July 28, when two men and a woman entered the aquarium with an empty stroller. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Shark Stolen From Aquarium, Returned Safe and Sound," 7 Aug. 2018 The rocky cave doubles as an undersea redoubt, like those little castles made for a kid’s aquarium but here blown up to mammoth size. Christopher Knight,, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 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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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 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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