noun \ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē, -ˌe-rē\

: a place (such as a large cage or a building) where many birds are kept

plural avi·ar·ies

Full Definition of AVIARY

:  a place for keeping birds confined

Examples of AVIARY

  1. The zoo has a new outdoor aviary.

Origin of AVIARY

Latin aviarium, from avis bird; akin to Greek aetos eagle
First Known Use: 1577

Rhymes with AVIARY

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Structure for keeping captive birds, usually spacious enough for the aviculturist to enter. Aviaries range from small enclosures to large flight cages 100 ft (30 m) or more long and up to 50 ft (15 m) high. Enclosures for birds that fly only little or weakly (e.g., rails, pheasants) may be only about 3 ft (1 m) high. In cold climates the aviary is usually enclosed and heated. Most aviculturists prefer to place birds in natural, planted surroundings. Many aviaries are maintained for pleasure by private aviculturists; others, especially large ones, are found in zoos or research institutions.


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