aquar·​i·​um | \ ə-ˈkwer-ē-əm How to pronounce aquarium (audio) \
plural aquariums or aquaria\ ə-​ˈkwer-​ē-​ə How to pronounce aquarium (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

Examples of aquarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This waterfront aquarium is home to more than 5,000 animals and the Sea Turtle Care Center, which aids sick or injured turtles. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2022 The City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, is a vast futuristic complex featuring a planetarium, science museum and Europe's largest aquarium. CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 Take a holiday break and tour the aquarium and the shop at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 In August 2020, Princess Mary apologized for breaking coronavirus protocols after shaking hands with a host during her visit to the Grenaa sea aquarium. Stephanie Petit,, 15 Dec. 2021 The post included a throwaway line about how the aquarium vets also had the lowdown on how to give an electric eel an MRI. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 The Winter’s Endowment will use contributions for investment to continue the aquarium’s work, which includes rehabilitation of other sea creatures such as turtles and manatees, Powell said. Curt Anderson,, 10 Dec. 2021 That stunning and rare sight was captured last week on video as coral growing thousands of miles from their native ocean habitat spawned inside an aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Dec. 2021 Researchers from the aquarium and A&M-Corpus Christi went out every Wednesday to tag, measure and collect DNA samples from the sharks before they were released back into the bay. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021

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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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23 Jan 2022

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“Aquarium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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