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noun, plural a·vi·ar·ies.
  1. a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
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Origin of aviary

1570–80; < Latin aviārium a place where birds are kept, noun use of neuter of aviārius pertaining to birds. See avi-, -ary
Related formsa·vi·a·rist [ey-vee-uh-rist] /ˈeɪ vi ə rɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aviarist


  1. a person who keeps an aviary
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noun plural aviaries
  1. a large enclosure in which birds are kept
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin aviārium, from aviārius concerning birds, from avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviarist



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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