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Unadapted borrowing from Latin armārium. Doublet of ambry and armoire.


armarium (plural armaria)

  1. Synonym of ambry (cupboard or storage area)
    • 1870, William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, page 136:
      The armarium was generally placed in the atrium of the house.
    • 1995, The New Yorker, volume 71, number 15-22, page 88:
      Professor Clark also quotes from the Customs of the Augustinian Order, which required that the armarium be "lined inside with wood, that the damp of the walls may not moisten or stain the books," []
    • 1997, Jocelyn Penny Small, Wax Tablets of the Mind: Cognitive Studies of Memory and Literacy in Classical Antiquity:
      An earlier example of an armarium (AD 424—450) appears in a representation of St Lawrence in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, for which see Kitzinger, fig. 95.
    • 1998, Jean-Pierre Mouton, Mont-Saint-Michel: A Monk Talks about His Abbey (page 40)
      You can see evidence of this activity: in the south wall is the armarium where the monks kept their books.
  2. (entomology) proventriculus
    • 1963, Memoir - Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, OCLC 312928937:
      The proventriculus of both the Blattaria and Isoptera conforms to the basic orthopteran plan and consists of an anterior armarium and the posterior stomodaeal valve; the armarium tapers posteriorly as it merges with the narrow valve.
    • 1964, F. A. McKittrick, Evolutionary Studies of Cockroaches, page 78:
      The proventriculi of both Arenivaga bolliana and Hypercomps fieberi appear to lack the anterior dental belt of the armarium; otherwise, they are dissimilar.
    • 1975, Lucy D. Leake, Comparative Histology: An Introduction to the Microscopic Structure of Animals:
      The sclerotized portion of the proventriculus (armarium) has six cuticular folds each armed with a tooth for crushing food and a pulvillus bearing hairs which forms a fine filter.
    • 1991, H.S. Bhamrah, Introduction to Arthropoda, page 169:
      Anteriorly it bears an armarium and posteriosly[sic] a stomodaeal valve.



From arma (weapons, tools) +‎ -ārium.



armārium n (genitive armāriī or armārī); second declension

  1. a cupboard, closet, chest, especially one in the sacristy of a church where vestments are kept
  2. a safe for food, clothing, or money


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative armārium armāria
Genitive armāriī
Dative armāriō armāriīs
Accusative armārium armāria
Ablative armāriō armāriīs
Vocative armārium armāria

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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