birdcage

[burd-keyj]
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:
1480–90; bird + cage

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birdcage (ˈbɜːdˌkeɪdʒ)
 
n
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.  informal (NZ) a second-hand car dealer's yard

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birdcage
also bird-cage, late 15c., from bird (1) + cage.
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The window is brief, as a tropical sundown can seem as swift as a blanket thrown over a birdcage, but the ibis do not disappoint.
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