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[burd-hous] /ˈbɜrdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural birdhouses
[burd-hou-ziz] /ˈbɜrdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a box, usually fashioned to resemble a house, for birds to live in.
an aviary.
Origin of birdhouse
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; bird + house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for birdhouse
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  • It isn't even a city, in our sense of the term, no more than a birdhouse is a nest.

    Dead Giveaway Gordon Randall Garrett
  • And he said, ‘Barama, that is a pretty business—that birdhouse was my soul.’

    Folk-Lore and Legends: Oriental Charles John Tibbitts
  • A bluebird family has rented the birdhouse that my father built in our back yard.

  • Old Ringtail, as sure as I am standing here, and by the looks of things, trying his best to roost in my birdhouse!

British Dictionary definitions for birdhouse


noun (US)
a small shelter or box for birds to nest in
an enclosure or large cage for captive birds; aviary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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