- a large cage or a house or enclosure in which birds are kept.
Origin of aviary
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- a person who keeps an aviary
- a large enclosure in which birds are kept
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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