terrarium

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noun ter·rar·i·um \tə-ˈrer-ē-əm\

Definition of terrarium

plural

-ia

\-ē-ə\ or

terrariums

  1. :  a usually transparent enclosure for keeping or raising plants or usually small animals (such as turtles) indoors

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The turtle exhibit at a zoo is often in the form of a terrarium, as are some of the exhibits at a plant conservatory. In an ant terrarium, elementary-school students watch the ants dig their network of tunnels as if no one were watching. Terrariums try to create conditions as close as possible to a natural habitat. A covered terrarium can often sustain itself for months on the moisture trapped inside. But creating a good terrarium requires careful control not only of humidity but also of temperature, as well as good ventilation; the lighting should include the full spectrum of sunlight as well as a day-night regulator.

Origin and Etymology of terrarium

New Latin, from Latin terra + -arium (as in vivarium)


TERRARIUM Defined for English Language Learners

terrarium

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Definition of terrarium for English Language Learners

  • : a glass or plastic box that is used for growing plants or keeping small animals indoors


TERRARIUM Defined for Kids

terrarium

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noun ter·rar·i·um \tə-ˈrer-ē-əm\

Definition of terrarium for Students

plural

terraria

\-ē-ə\ or

terrariums

  1. :  a usually glass container used for keeping plants or small animals (as turtles) indoors



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