noun, plural a·vi·ar·ies.
a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
- avian influenza,
- avian leukosis-sarcoma complex,
- avian pneumoencephalitis,
- aviation badge,
- aviation cadet
Origin of aviary
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a person who keeps an aviary
noun plural aviaries
a large enclosure in which birds are kept
Word Origin for aviary
C16: from Latin aviārium, from aviārius concerning birds, from avis bird
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1570s, from Latin aviarium "place in which birds are kept," neuter of aviarius "of birds," from avis "bird," from PIE *awi- "bird" (cf. Sanskrit vih, Avestan vish "bird," Greek aietos "eagle").
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