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.
Recent Examples on the Web Such professionals will also be careful to avoid spraying anything that attracts pollinators, such as flowering plants, a home garden or an aviary. Laura Daily, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Currently under construction is an aviary which will be home to over 800 birds, and a greenhouse growing over 700 types of organic fruit and vegetables, where al fresco dining and wine tasting will be hosted. Rachel Ingram, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The aviary has also installed new netting to prevent wild birds from congregating with sensitive species, and shoe disinfection may be required at some indoor exhibits to limit birds’ exposure to outside materials. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 The park does not have a permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to breed the butterflies, which are considered an exotic species, so none of the plants in the aviary are the type butterflies could use for breeding, Lotz said. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 Elsewhere in the aviary some traditional doves are turning into hawks. Kevin Dowd, National Review, 6 May 2022 Milwaukee County Zoo’s aviary is temporarily closed to protect its birds, senior staff veterinarian Pamela Govett said. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 North American songbird aviary also remains open, Golgosky said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 There’s a small aquarium, a hummingbird aviary, an exhibit focused on Arizona geology, plus an area to explore the Sonorasaurus dinosaur, which was discovered in the Arizona desert not far from here in the mid-1990s. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jul 2022

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“Aviary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviary. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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