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vivarium Line breaks: viv¦ar|ium
Pronunciation: /vʌɪˈvɛːrɪəm/
/vɪˈvɛːrɪəm/

Definition of vivarium in English:

noun (plural vivaria vʌɪˈvɛːrɪəvɪˈvɛːrɪə)

An enclosure, container, or structure adapted or prepared for keeping animals under semi-natural conditions for observation or study or as pets; an aquarium or terrarium.
Example sentences
  • Because there was no temperature control in the vivarium the animal would have suffered distress as its body heat decreased.
  • In most research settings, observers sit in the dark watching an illuminated vivarium, peer through gauzy curtains, or observe by means of remote video surveillance.
  • Each individual, in its own compartment of a large vivarium behaves like a dominant, selecting high perches and courting when a female is introduced.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'warren, fish pond', from vivus 'living', from vivere 'to live'.

Words that rhyme with vivarium

aquarium, armamentarium, barium, caldarium, cinerarium, columbarium, dolphinarium, frigidarium, herbarium, honorarium, planetarium, rosarium, sanitarium, solarium, sudarium, tepidarium, terrarium

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