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What is a Herpetarium?

There are 171,476 recognized words in the English language. One word that still continues to elude some dictionaries is Herpetarium. Let’s take a quick look at how the word came to be and how it will be utilized in the future.The word Herpetarium is derived from two words. The first word; Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. The second word; Terrarium is an enclosure used to observe reptiles and amphibians. By combining the two words, we form Herpetarium. Herpetarium can be defined as a place where both reptiles and amphibians are on display to study and observe.

herpe-tari-um
-noun a place where both reptiles and amphibians are on display for observation and research.

Origin:
The earliest use of the word named an exhibit of modernistic design which opened at the Fort Worth Zoo in 1960.