Definition of terrarium in English:


Syllabification: ter·rar·i·um
Pronunciation: /təˈre(ə)rēəm

noun (plural terrariums or terraria /-ˈre(ə)rēə/)

  • 1A vivarium for smaller land animals, especially reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case.
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    • We examined a captive animal in a terrarium, where I fed it samples of the plants that grow on the mounds.
    • Males were kept together in a terrarium (70 x 30 cm, height 30 cm) until September, with ad libitum food and water.
    • He's been fascinated with these creatures since childhood and now shares his bedroom with six of them in a large terrarium.
  • 1.1A sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.
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    • When looking for what plants to put in your terrarium, first choose plants that love moisture and don't grow very large.
    • Plants were placed in terraria in controlled-environment rooms programmed to simulate natural temperature cycles with smooth, sine-wave thermoperiods that lagged the photoperiod by 3 h.
    • One of the most common pairings for a terrarium are carnivorous plants and orchids.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin terra 'earth', on the pattern of aquarium.

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