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birdcage

[burd-keyj] /ˈbɜrdˌkeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a cage for confining birds.
2.
something that resembles a birdcage in form.
3.
Slang. the airspace over an airport, together with the airplanes in it.
Origin of birdcage
1480-1490
1480-90; bird + cage
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  • The scene afterwards in the birdcage when I went in to see him weighed was most amusing.

  • The birdcage and dog musical-box in the illustration are of this kind.

  • She slipped down and ran into the next room to come back with a birdcage.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • A birdcage hung in the sunny window of her house when she was a girl.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • This door was of solid wood, with a square panel cut from its centre, the opening barred like a birdcage.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He is a lover of pets, as we see by the birdcage hanging in the window.

    Landseer Estelle M. Hurll
  • Westminster Hospital originated in 1715 at a small house in birdcage Walk from which outdoor relief was administered.

    Westminster Sir Walter Besant
  • They left the white house with the green balcony hung out like a birdcage at the side, and turned into the cottage at Hampstead.

British Dictionary definitions for birdcage

birdcage

/ˈbɜːdˌkeɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a wire or wicker cage in which captive birds are kept
2.
any object of a similar shape, construction, or purpose
3.
(Austral & NZ) an area on a racecourse where horses parade before a race
4.
(NZ, informal) a second-hand car dealer's yard
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Word Origin and History for birdcage
n.

also bird-cage, late 15c., from bird (n.1) + cage (n.).

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