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terrarium Line breaks: ter¦rar|ium
Pronunciation: /tɛˈrɛːrɪəm/

Definition of terrarium in English:

noun (plural terrariums or terraria tɛˈrɛːrɪə)

1A vivarium for smaller land animals, especially reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with terrarium

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