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cage bird

a bird that is commonly kept in a cage as a pet.
Origin of cage bird
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Better be a wood-bird than a cage-bird, you know," the old man whispered.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The cage-bird class has as its most important representative the canary.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • Pothinus finally discovered that he was having some difficulty in keeping his cage-bird contented.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • Miss Beale, rushing across London in a taxi, reminded him of nothing more masterful than a cage-bird turned loose in a tempest.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • Lean on the wall, and loose her cage-bird heart, To lift and breast and dance upon the breeze.

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