Identify the correct word from the given options, which means the following: An artificial pond or tank for keeping fish or aquatic plants.
a) Aquarium b) Reservoir c) Squad d) Pool
Hint: There is a specific word used to describe the place where fish and aquatic plants are kept. It is derived from the Latin word ‘aqua’ meaning ‘water’. It was then borrowed into English.
Complete answer: The term for an artificial pond or tank for keeping fish or aquatic plants was coined by English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, combines the Latin root aqua, meaning water, with the suffix -arium, meaning "a place for relating to”. The modern version came into being in 1832. This is an ancient practice and has been in place since the 1830s. It became popular all over the world in the 1840s.
Now, we know the origin of the required word. Let’s look at the available options:
a) aquarium - An aquarium is a transparent tank of water in which live fish and other water creatures and plants are kept. This has the exact same purpose as the given phrase. It is used for the exact same thing. This is the required answer. So, the correct answer is “Option a”. b) reservoir - A reservoir is a large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply. It does not have the same purpose as given in the question. It is not used for the same purpose. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option. c) squad - A squad refers to a small group of people having a particular task. This has no connection to the given question. It has a completely unrelated meaning to the phrase given. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option. d) pool - A pool is a small area of still water, typically one formed naturally. This is not used for the same purpose. This is not the required answer. So, this is an incorrect option.
Note: Use the given options in sentences, and try to understand their meanings. Then, choose the most appropriate option that is closest in meaning to the given phrase.