avi·​ary | \ˈā-vē-ˌer-ē, -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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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 Meiburg, who is an ornithologist in his life outside of music, recorded the gossip of parakeets and braying of macaws coming from a neighbor’s aviary over the hill. Stephen Humphries, BostonGlobe.com, "In the band Loma, a test of relationships, musical and otherwise," 1 May 2018 Once the chicks are about 20 days old, they're placed in the aviary, Egger said. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Threatened shorebirds improve with new incubators and aviary at Huntington wildlife center," 19 Apr. 2018 But more than 125 ʻalalā now live at the conservation center’s aviary. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Help name 12 rare Hawaiian crows nurtured by San Diego Zoo Global," 5 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 \
plural aviaries

Kids Definition of aviary

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

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