ocean·​ar·​i·​um ˌō-shə-ˈner-ē-əm How to pronounce oceanarium (audio)
plural oceanariums or oceanaria ˌō-shə-ˈner-ē-ə How to pronounce oceanarium (audio)
: a large marine aquarium

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In their place would be 17,000 homes in luxury high-rises, along with hotels, parks, a stadium, an oceanarium and an opera house. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Underwater World, at the time the largest oceanarium in Asia, was due to open in 1989 but didn't open until 1991. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 The wife of King Felipe attended the commemoration of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day at the Oceanografic oceanarium in Valencia on Tuesday. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 The whales were then flown to VDNKh in December, where the park kept them secret until now, hoping to unveil them at the opening of the unfinished oceanarium. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2014 The report also says that the orcas were originally meant for Sochi dolphinariums but were instead rented by Renaissance, a company that’s supposedly building Europe’s biggest oceanarium on the VDNKh grounds. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2014 Discovering traveling oceanariums in Russia was a shock. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 7 June 2019 Russia is one of only a few countries (Indonesia is another) where traveling oceanariums exist. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, 12 June 2019 See More

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Word History


ocean + -arium (after aquarium)

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oceanarium was in 1938

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“Oceanarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanarium. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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