One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A glass-sided airtight case used for growing ferns or other plants indoors or for transporting living plants over long distances.
- ‘His efforts resulted in the shipment of well over 20,000 plants and seedlings, in Wardian cases, to the Himalayas.’
- ‘The trees came as small plants in wooden cases, like miniature glasshouses, named Wardian cases after their inventor.’
- ‘The Wardian cases on display, from manufacturer H. Potter, were beautiful and more were expected to arrive soon.’
- ‘Nathanial Bagshaw Ward's major innovation was the invention of what became known as the Wardian case.’
- ‘The original Wardian cases were for all kinds of plants - mainly tropicals (including orchids).’
Mid 19th century: named after Nathaniel B. Ward (1791–1868), the English botanist who invented it.
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