pl. -·iums or -·ia
- 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
A small enclosure or closed container in which selected living plants and sometimes small land animals, such as turtles and lizards, are kept and observed.
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.