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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Definitions for menagerie

  1. A collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.
  2. An enclosure where wild or unusual animals are kept or exhibited.
  3. A diverse or varied group.

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Citations for menagerie
No palace had such a fine menagerie, stocked with howler monkeys, hill mynahs and Moluccan cockatoos that eliminated any need for a wind-up Swiss alarm clock. Pogo, Reviewer's Bookwatch
Once, when he was too ill even to visit the zoo, Gerald was provided with a sort of substitute zoo of his own by the family butler, Jomen, who modelled a whole menagerie of animals -- rhinoceros, lion, tiger, antelope -- out of red laterite clay from the garden. Douglas Botting, Gerald Durrell: The Authorized Biography
Origin of menagerie
Menagerie comes from French ménagerie, from Middle French, from menage, from Old French mesnage, "dwelling."