noun \mə-ˈnaj-rē, -ˈna-jə- also -ˈnazh-rē, -ˈna-zhə-\

: a collection of animals kept especially to be shown to the public

Full Definition of MENAGERIE

a :  a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition
b :  a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition
:  a varied mixture <a menagerie of comedians — TV Guide>

Examples of MENAGERIE

  1. a menagerie of rare creatures
  2. <the living room is eclectically furnished with a menagerie of garage-sale finds>


French ménagerie, from Middle French, management of a household or farm, from menage
First Known Use: 1676

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument


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