noun ( pl. -rariums or -raria |-ˈre(ə)rēə|)
a vivarium for smaller land animals, esp. reptiles, amphibians, or terrestrial invertebrates, typically in the form of a glass-fronted case.
• a sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin terra ‘earth,’ on the pattern of aquarium.