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[burd-keyj] /ˈbɜrdˌkeɪdʒ/
a cage for confining birds.
something that resembles a birdcage in form.
Slang. the airspace over an airport, together with the airplanes in it.
Origin of birdcage
First recorded in 1480-90; bird + cage Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She slipped down and ran into the next room to come back with a birdcage.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett
  • The birdcage and dog musical-box in the illustration are of this kind.

  • The birdcage, instead of being high in the tree, is lowered and hangs from it.

  • I suspect this is owing to what passed in the House about opening the birdcage Walk.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • The scene afterwards in the birdcage when I went in to see him weighed was most amusing.

  • A birdcage hung in the sunny window of her house when she was a girl.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I have just time to stroll down the Mall and back by birdcage Walk.'

    Dorothy's Double G. A. Henty
  • He is a lover of pets, as we see by the birdcage hanging in the window.

    Landseer Estelle M. Hurll
British Dictionary definitions for birdcage


a wire or wicker cage in which captive birds are kept
any object of a similar shape, construction, or purpose
(Austral & NZ) an area on a racecourse where horses parade before a race
(NZ, informal) a second-hand car dealer's yard
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Word Origin and History for birdcage

also bird-cage, late 15c., from bird (n.1) + cage (n.).

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