aviary

noun

avi·​ary ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio)
-ˌe-rē
plural aviaries
: a place for keeping birds confined

Examples of aviary in a Sentence

The zoo has a new outdoor aviary.
Recent Examples on the Web Guests can snorkel the artificial Grand Reef teeming with fish and graceful rays, spend hours floating the lazy river that winds under waterfalls, and hand-feed birds in the aviary. Angela Caraway-Carlton, Miami Herald, 15 May 2024 An aviary and chicken coop offer children a place to check out birds, chickens and hens. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 8 May 2024 Attractions include 180-degree ocean views, a mini forest, work barns for restoring vintage cars, outdoor kitchens, a Japanese garden, a glass art studio, a native plant garden and an aviary. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 The Butterfly Jungle Safari experience allows visitors to wander through the Hidden Jungle aviary among hundreds of butterflies, feed them and learn about their essential role in the ecosystem. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Researchers had built artificial burrows within temporary aviaries, which the birds will remain enclosed in for a month. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 Blue spent Friday morning and afternoon in International Bird Rescue’s flight aviary. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 Exhibits included stingrays and sharks gliding in their saltwater tanks while parakeets flutter in their small aviary. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024 The hotel, situated in a sprawling Victorian house in the White Mountains, offers round-the-clock movie screenings, a collection of props and memorabilia in each room, and for lovers of The Birds, an aviary with fifty crows. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Latin aviarium, from avis bird; akin to Greek aetos eagle

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aviary was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Aviary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviary. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

aviary

noun
avi·​ary ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio)
plural aviaries
: a place (as a large cage or a building) where many live birds are kept usually for exhibition
Etymology

from Latin aviarium "place to keep birds," from avis "bird"

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