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Aquarium Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    aquarium n : a tank or pool or bowl filled with water for keeping live fish and underwater animals [syn: fish tank, marine museum}] [also: aquaria (pl)]
Aquarium Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Aquarium \A*qua"ri*um\, n.; pl. E. Aquariums, L. Aquaria. [L. See Aquarius, Ewer.] An artificial pond, or a globe or tank (usually with glass sides), in which living specimens of aquatic animals or plants are kept.
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An aquarium (plural aquariums or aquaria) is a vivarium consisting of at least one transparent side in which water-dwelling plants or animals are kept. Fishkeepers use aquaria to keep fish, invertebrates, amphibians, marine mammals, turtles, and aquatic plants. The term combines the Latin root aqua, meaning water, with the suffix -arium, meaning "a place for relating to".

An aquarist owns fish or maintains an aquarium, typically constructed of glass or high strength plastic. Cuboid aquaria are also known as fish tanks or simply tanks, while bowl-shaped aquaria are also known as fish bowls. Size can range from a small glass bowl to immense public aquaria. Specialized equipment maintains appropriate water quality and other characteristics suitable for the aquarium's residents.

In the Roman Empire, the first fish to be brought indoors was the sea barbel, which was kept under guest beds in small tanks made of marble. Introduction of glass panes around the year 50 allowed Romans to replace one wall of marble tanks, improving their view of the fish. In 1369, the Chinese Emperor, Hóngwǔ, established a porcelain company that produced large porcelain tubs for maintaining goldfish; over time, people produced tubs that approached the shape of modern fish bowls.

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  • Idaho Aquarium Inc. Sentenced To Fine, Probation In Conspiracy Case
    Idaho Aquarium Inc. was sentenced Tuesday in Key West, Fla. for “conspiring to harvest, transport and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks,” in violation of Florida’s state laws. Read more on this news related to 'Aquarium'
  • Idaho Aquarium sentenced to $10,000 fine, 3 years probation
    KEY WEST, Fla. -- Idaho Aquarium, Inc. was sentenced Tuesday for conspiring to harvest, transport and sell illegal wildlife. U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez accepted the Idaho Aquarium's guilty plea and ordered the company to pay a criminal fine of $10,000 and serve three years of probation. In addition, the aquarium must submit a comprehensive compliance pl Read more on this news related to 'Aquarium'
  • $700K Texas State Aquarium upgrade takes you deeper into Gulf as you tour
    With its latest addition, the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi offers visitors a quick introduction to the Gulf of Mexico. A new exhibit named Nearshore opened April 9 at 2710 North Shoreline Blvd. It's the first area that visitors come to when they enter the aquarium, and the water level gradually deepens as they tour the popular attraction. Read more on this news related to 'Aquarium'

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