nounchiefly • historical
- A glass-sided airtight case used for growing ferns or other plants indoors or for transporting living plants over long distances.More example sentences
- The trees came as small plants in wooden cases, like miniature glasshouses, named Wardian cases after their inventor.
- Nathanial Bagshaw Ward's major innovation was the invention of what became known as the Wardian case.
- The Wardian cases on display, from manufacturer H. Potter, were beautiful and more were expected to arrive soon.
mid 19th century: named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791–1868), the English botanist who invented it.