Definition of vivarium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vaɪˈveəriəm//
; NAmE NAmE//vaɪˈveriəm//
; BrE BrE//vɪˈveəriəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈveriəm//
(pl. vivaria
BrE BrE//vaɪˈveəriə//
; NAmE NAmE//vaɪˈver//
; BrE BrE//vɪˈveəriə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈver//
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a container for keeping live animals in, especially for scientific study Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘warren, fish pond’, from vivus ‘living’, from vivere ‘to live’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vivarium