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 In 2020, Musk's company opened an in-house 6,000-square-foot vivarium to house farm animals and rhesus macaques​, according to Neuralink's statement. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 The animal experimentation committee criticized Tsien for leaving mice too long in the lab rather than returning them to the vivarium. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 20 Jan. 2022 Veterinarians recommend creating a vivarium with plants, rocks and tree branches for your snake to decrease stress and increase happiness. Kala Herh, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2021 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,, 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,, 22 Apr. 2020 The local Monarch Program eventually went into hiatus and closed its vivarium, which was also in Encinitas. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2019 The circumstances of Turin's escape from his vivarium in Ivan's apartment are unclear. Fox News, 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, 17 June 2019 See More

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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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“Vivarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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