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 That would mean places like the aviary, primates, small mammal, aquatic and reptile and big cats buildings would remain off limits to visitors when the grounds reopen, said Wikenhauser. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's 'a little eerie': Milwaukee Zoo animals don't seem to mind peace and quiet during shutdown," 12 May 2020 The park added wooden aviaries, bridges and trails built by hand. Jordan Salama, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Stunning Scarlet Macaw Came Back From the Brink," 28 Apr. 2020 Specifically, the live views feature their fan-favorite sea otter tank, their kelp forest tank, bird aviary, penguins, open sea tank, jellyfish tanks and live views of the Monterey Bay, which surrounds the aquarium. Fox News, "Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Monterey Bay Aquarium, others offer live experiences from the comfort of home," 23 Mar. 2020 Classified as a resort rather than an amusement park, admission to Discovery Cove includes access to the park’s Grand Reef, Freshwater Oasis, aviary, and lazy river, as well as a dolphin swim and unlimited food and beverages. al, "Swim with sharks, dolphins at this Florida resort," 30 Jan. 2020 A few of the more popular ones included a tour of the tiger enclosure and the opportunity to throw fish to the birds in the aviary. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Now you can get up close and personal with giraffes, rhinos and river hogs at the Milwaukee Zoo," 8 Jan. 2020 Or grab a pool noodle and head to Wind-Away River, a lazy river under a rainforest canopy that takes you through a cave, under waterfalls, and into the aviary. al, "Swim with sharks, dolphins at this Florida resort," 30 Jan. 2020 Still others say that during the 1970s, debris from an aircraft fell onto an aviary at Syon Park in West London, freeing the ring-necks that had been housed there. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Contrary to Popular Legend, Jimi Hendrix Did Not Introduce an Invasive Parakeet to the U.K.," 12 Dec. 2019 On the patio are four aviaries housing pigeons that have recovered and will soon be released at a volunteer’s home an hour outside Las Vegas; pigeons with permanent injuries are taken to a sanctuary in Phoenix. NBC News, "Las Vegas bird rescuer still searching for pigeons wearing cowboy hats," 18 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of aviary was in 1577

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18 May 2020

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“Aviary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviary. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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