Definition of aquarium in English:


Syllabification: a·quar·i·um
Pronunciation: /əˈkwerēəm

noun (plural aquariums or aquaria /-ēə/)

1A transparent tank of water in which fish and other water creatures and plants are kept.
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  • On the whole, it's a gift in the hands of those who were fed up of purchasing the typical type of aquaria with just water and fishes.
  • It is Goldfishes of all size, shape, and colour that were mostly found in the fresh water aquariums at the show.
  • The orchids were delicate and beautiful and the aquarium and aquatic plants awesome.
1.1A building containing aquariums, especially one that is open to the public.
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  • Tour seven aquariums, housing such species as Atlantic stingrays, sea horses, crabs, blennies, flounder, and puffer fish.
  • In Swakopmund the ministry is located in the double-storey beach-front building next to the aquarium.
  • Up to that point, traditional aquariums offered views of segregated species through small fish tank windows.


mid 19th century: from Latin, neuter of aquarius 'of water', on the pattern of vivarium.

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