birdhouse

[ burd-hous ]
/ ˈbɜrdˌhaʊs /

noun, plural bird·hous·es [burd-hou-ziz] /ˈbɜrdˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a box, usually fashioned to resemble a house, for birds to live in.
an aviary.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. birdbath,
  2. birdbrain,
  3. birdcage,
  4. birdcage clock,
  5. birder,
  6. birdie,
  7. birding,
  8. birdlike,
  9. birdlime,
  10. birdman

Origin of birdhouse

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; bird + house

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Examples from the Web for birdhouse

  • Old Ringtail, as sure as I am standing here, and by the looks of things, trying his best to roost in my birdhouse!

  • And he said, ‘Barama, that is a pretty business—that birdhouse was my soul.’

    Folk-Lore and Legends: Oriental|Charles John Tibbitts
  • A bluebird family has rented the birdhouse that my father built in our back yard.

  • It isn't even a city, in our sense of the term, no more than a birdhouse is a nest.

    Dead Giveaway|Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for birdhouse

birdhouse

/ (ˈbɜːdˌhaʊs) /

noun US

a small shelter or box for birds to nest in
an enclosure or large cage for captive birds; aviary
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