One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An enclosure, container, or structure adapted or prepared for keeping animals under semi-natural conditions for observation or study or as pets; an aquarium or terrarium.
- ‘In most research settings, observers sit in the dark watching an illuminated vivarium, peer through gauzy curtains, or observe by means of remote video surveillance.’
- ‘Because there was no temperature control in the vivarium the animal would have suffered distress as its body heat decreased.’
- ‘Each individual, in its own compartment of a large vivarium behaves like a dominant, selecting high perches and courting when a female is introduced.’
- ‘A small number of test animals for this project are already in the vivarium.’
- ‘But this iguana is in good condition, which leads me to think it has escaped from a vivarium, rather than having been abandoned.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘warren, fish pond’, from vivus ‘living’, from vivere ‘to live’.
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