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  • Aviary — A vi*a*ry, n.; pl. {Aviaries}. [L. aviarium, fr. aviarius pertaining to birds, fr. avis bird, akin to Gr, ?, Skr. vi.] A house, inclosure, large cage, or other place, for keeping birds confined; a bird house. [1913 Webster] Lincolnshire may be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aviary — (n.) 1570s, from L. aviarium place in which birds are kept, neuter of aviarius of birds, from avis bird, from PIE *awi bird (Cf. Skt. vih, Avestan vish bird, Gk. aietos eagle ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • aviary — ► NOUN (pl. aviaries) ▪ a large enclosure for keeping birds in …   English terms dictionary

  • aviary — [ā′vē er΄ē] n. pl. aviaries [L aviarium < avis, bird] a large cage or building for keeping many birds …   English World dictionary

  • Aviary — An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds. Unlike cages , aviaries allow birds a larger living space where they can fly; hence, aviaries are also sometimes known as flight cages . Aviaries often contain plants and shrubbery to simulate a …   Wikipedia

  • aviary — aviarist /ay vee euh rist/, n. /ay vee er ee/, n., pl. aviaries. a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept. [1570 80; < L aviarium a place where birds are kept, n. use of neut. of aviarius pertaining to birds. See AVI , ARY] *… …   Universalium

  • aviary — UK [ˈeɪvɪərɪ] / US [ˈeɪvɪˌerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms aviary : singular aviary plural aviaries an enclosed area where birds are kept …   English dictionary

  • aviary — [[t]e͟ɪvjəri[/t]] aviaries N COUNT An aviary is a large cage or covered area in which birds are kept …   English dictionary

  • aviary — noun (plural aries) Etymology: Latin aviarium, from avis bird; akin to Greek aetos eagle Date: 1577 a place for keeping birds confined …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aviary — noun A house, enclosure, large cage, or other place for keeping birds confined; a bird house …   Wiktionary

  • aviary — a|vi|a|ry [ˈeıviəri US ˈeıvieri] n plural aviaries [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: aviarium, from avis bird ] a large ↑cage where birds are kept …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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