Aviary



a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
Historical Examples

Mr. Morris mentions as a unique fact that a kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) bred in an aviary.
The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2) Charles Darwin

I have seen them alive at Singapore in an aviary, and they are indeed gorgeous.
The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

The four ceiling hooks should screw into the joists, the aviary being suspended with chains.
Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck

But the use to which I was ambitious to put my—or our—conservatory was that of an aviary.
The House Eugene Field

I have had to lay a gravel-path from the aviary to the back premises in order to sustain the weight of the traffic.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 29, 1920 Various

This remark brings us back to the aviary, and its general size.
Harper’s Young People, May 25, 1880 Various

But the aviary was well closed, and the innocent little refugees within were asleep with heads under wings.
The Sea Jules Michelet

In England this species has been made to breed in an aviary.
The Natural History of Cage Birds J. M. Bechstein

The nutmeg bird or spotted munia (Uroloncha punctulata) is second only to the amadavat as an aviary favourite.
Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar

The aviary at Yorke-house was built by his lordship; it did cost 300li.
Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2) John Aubrey

noun (pl) aviaries
a large enclosure in which birds are kept
n.

1570s, from Latin aviarium “place in which birds are kept,” neuter of aviarius “of birds,” from avis “bird,” from PIE *awi- “bird” (cf. Sanskrit vih, Avestan vish “bird,” Greek aietos “eagle”).

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