avi·​ary | \ ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio) , -ˌe-rē\
plural aviaries

Definition of aviary

: a place for keeping birds confined

Examples of aviary in a Sentence

The zoo has a new outdoor aviary.

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The beautifully landscaped park comprises four large aviaries, each designed to mimic the feathered residents’ natural habitats. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 But for Garcia, it’s more about sensual strokes of scarlet, violet, and cobalt; wallpapers and bathtubs edged in gold; and an aviary of faux birds, from parakeets to peacocks. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Jacques Garcia Turned an Old Church into London's Hottest Hotel," 23 Aug. 2018 His latest project is a massive six-acre aviary that will house 116 species of birds from all over the world. Maureen Orth, Town & Country, "Inside Cartagena," 11 Jan. 2013 In another milestone for San Diego Zoo Global, 12 rare native Hawaiian crows will soon be released into the wild from an aviary where they have been nurtured. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Help name 12 rare Hawaiian crows nurtured by San Diego Zoo Global," 5 Apr. 2018 Not to be missed: the large aviary filled with tropical birds and a fish tank stocked with a red piranha in the waiting area. WHERE TO STAY Trinity Hotel, 201 S. Canal St., Carlsbad, N.M.; (575) 234-9891. Anne Harnagel, latimes.com, "Searching for Billy the Kid and UFOs in southeastern New Mexico," 18 May 2018 Photo: Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Associated Press Animal ambassadors are popular at zoos, aquariums and aviaries across the country, but some are more popular. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018 The virus’s origins are debated, but research suggests wild parrots may have caught it from captive birds kept in aviaries. National Geographic, "Africa's Most Endangered Parrot Fighting for Survival," 11 May 2018 The more than three-quarter-acre property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007, contains an aviary. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Vintage SoCal: Altadena mansion built by Andrew McNally charts a course to the late 1800s," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aviary

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aviary

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

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English Language Learners Definition of aviary

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


avi·​ary | \ ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce aviary (audio) \
plural aviaries

Kids Definition of aviary

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

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