- an enclosure in which to keep small land animals
- a glass container enclosing a garden of small plants
Origin of terrariumModern Latin ; from Classical Latin terra, Terra + -arium, as in aquarium
nounpl. ter·rar·i·ums or ter·rar·i·a
Origin of terrariumLatin terra, earth; see terrene + –arium.
(plural terrariums or terraria)
- An enclosure where very small animals are displayed, often with some plants, in a naturalistic setting.
- A partially enclosed glass container for displaying plants, especially plants that need high humidity.