Definition of aviary in US English:



  • A large cage, building, or enclosure for keeping birds in.

    • ‘Where else in town do you see Jack Russell dogs playing in a garden filled with colourful sweetpeas or hear the sweet songs of birds perching in the aviary?’
    • ‘The night before each trial, birds were captured from aviaries and weighed.’
    • ‘As ornamental birds in an aviary or large cage setup, this is true.’
    • ‘Pain said three aviaries large enough to hold 20 birds of each of the three species are currently being built at the facility.’
    • ‘Animal lover Janet has an outdoor aviary with 40 other birds plus three dogs, two cats and fish.’
    • ‘Birds were kept in large outdoor aviaries, which were opened after a week.’
    • ‘Housing for these birds should be an aviary with dimensions of at least 8 feet by 5 feet by 6 feet.’
    • ‘In the current experiments females were in cages or aviaries with males with whom they had not previously bred.’
    • ‘In the two first experiments, the experimental sparrow was placed in an aviary next to a cage containing either a rabbit or a cat.’
    • ‘Ragunan Zoo was forced to close on Sept.19 after 19 birds in its aviary tested positive with avian influenza.’
    • ‘After each trial, lights were used again to entice birds back to the roosting aviary.’
    • ‘Birds awoke within 3 min and were placed into small recovery cages before being released into their housing aviaries.’
    • ‘A trial typically started once the experimenter left the aviary and the birds flew down from their perches onto the grid.’
    • ‘That was until someone has deliberately let the birds out of their aviary.’
    • ‘Only birds kept in sufficiently large aviaries were chosen.’
    • ‘Adult captive birds were observed in aviaries and zoos in England, Germany, and the USA.’
    • ‘At the end of the breeding season phase, we removed birds from their home aviaries and conducted a mating competency tournament.’
    • ‘The rest of the exhibition resembled a garden aviary of brightly colored birds.’
    • ‘His neighbour in turn fired off a complaint to the council about the noise made by the large collection of birds in his aviary.’
    • ‘The birds in the aviary, not to be left behind, revelled in their own little way in quenching their thirst and conquering the heat.’
    pen, run, cage, hutch, enclosure, pound, lock-up
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Late 16th century: from Latin aviarium, from avis ‘bird’.