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[ey-vee-er-ee] /ˈeɪ viˌɛr i/
noun, plural aviaries.
a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
Origin of aviary
1570-80; < Latin aviārium a place where birds are kept, noun use of neuter of aviārius pertaining to birds. See avi-, -ary
Related forms
[ey-vee-uh-rist] /ˈeɪ vi ə rɪst/ (Show IPA),
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  • Others want to erect an enormous aviary over the three largest towers.
  • Ali has converted part of his shop into an indoor aviary.
  • Even today behind almost every camel stable and desert retreat is an aviary of saker falcons.
  • The ducklings are currently on view in the aviary of the the children's zoo.
  • Next to the aquarium are a playground and botanical garden, with an aviary and a small crocodile exhibit.
  • Children can enjoy the display birds, such as turkeys and emus, at the aviary.
  • They can also feed the birds with food from vending machines near the aviary.
  • The first clutch is taken to the aviary and raised by foster parrots or placed in the incubators.
  • In addition to the office building, the field station has a research laboratory and outdoor aviary for testing wild birds.
British Dictionary definitions for aviary


noun (pl) aviaries
a large enclosure in which birds are kept
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aviārium, from aviārius concerning birds, from avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviary

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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