birdcage

[ burd-keyj ]
/ ˈbɜrdˌkeɪdʒ /

noun

a cage for confining birds.
something that resembles a birdcage in form.
Slang. the airspace over an airport, together with the airplanes in it.

Nearby words

  1. bird-watch,
  2. bird-watcher,
  3. bird-watching,
  4. birdbath,
  5. birdbrain,
  6. birdcage clock,
  7. birder,
  8. birdhouse,
  9. birdie,
  10. birding

Origin of birdcage

First recorded in 1480–90; bird + cage

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British Dictionary definitions for birdcage

birdcage

/ (ˈbɜːdˌkeɪdʒ) /

noun

a wire or wicker cage in which captive birds are kept
any object of a similar shape, construction, or purpose
Australian and NZ an area on a racecourse where horses parade before a race
NZ informal a second-hand car dealer's yard
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Word Origin and History for birdcage

birdcage

n.

also bird-cage, late 15c., from bird (n.1) + cage (n.).

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