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puzzle box

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noun Psychology.
  1. an enclosure, used in experiments in animal learning, from which an animal must escape or in which it must manipulate various devices.

Origin of puzzle box

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • That comes of Harry dying so inconsiderately and leaving this puzzle-box on my hands.

    Michael, Brother of Jerry

    Jack London

  • A pyramid seemed to have been constructed something after the manner of an onion or a Chinese puzzle-box.