One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flock of birds kept in an aviary.‘a volary of a thousand birds’
- ‘I opened the third door, where I found a large volary.’
- ‘Volaries of tame pigeons gathered about the fountain for refreshment.’
- ‘I saw Ade toss scraps into the garden, into which immediately descended a volary of birds.’
Mid 17th century (in sense ‘birdcage, aviary’): from French volière, from voler ‘to fly’.
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