vi·​var·​i·​um | \ vī-ˈver-ē-əm How to pronounce vivarium (audio) \
plural vivaria\ vī-​ˈver-​ē-​ə How to pronounce vivarium (audio) \ or vivariums

Definition of vivarium

: a terrarium used especially for small animals

Examples of vivarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New intriguing documentary Spaceship Earth follows the ragtag group of freethinkers who became famous for the creation of Biosphere 2, a manmade vivarium in the middle of the desert meant to test whether humans could sustain life on another planet. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Group Behind Spaceship Earth‘s Biosphere 2 Has Always Been Enterprising," 8 May 2020 To test their hypothesis, the scientist constructed a glass vivarium in the middle of the Arizona desert, complete with its own manmade ecosystem. Ineye Komonibo,, "This New Documentary About An Outer Space Cult Quarantining In The Desert Looks Wild," 22 Apr. 2020 The local Monarch Program eventually went into hiatus and closed its vivarium, which was also in Encinitas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas nonprofit is saving butterflies," 5 Sep. 2019 The circumstances of Turin's escape from his vivarium in Ivan's apartment are unclear. Fox News, "Massive 9-foot python that escaped last week found in neighbor's garden," 6 July 2019 The frog vivarium will be moved from the Life Science permanent collection to the butterfly garden entry. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land to get $325,000 revamp," 17 June 2019 The center will also include an outdoor classroom leading into the university’s Glen Arboretum, as well as a rain garden for stormwater control, a planetarium, observatory, rooftop greenhouse, museum and vivarium. Jim Joyner,, "Towson University marks start of $180M project for new Science Complex on York Road," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vivarium

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vivarium

Latin, park, preserve, from vivus alive — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of vivarium was in 1853

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“Vivarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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vi·​var·​i·​um | \ vī-ˈvar-ē-əm, -ˈver- How to pronounce vivarium (audio) \
plural vivaria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce vivarium (audio) \ or vivariums

Medical Definition of vivarium

: an enclosure for keeping or raising and observing animals especially for laboratory research

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