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cage bird

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noun
  1. a bird that is commonly kept in a cage as a pet.
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Origin of cage bird

First recorded in 1620–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cage bird

Historical Examples

  • "Better be a wood-bird than a cage-bird, you know," the old man whispered.

    The Eternal City

    Hall Caine

  • The cage-bird class has as its most important representative the canary.

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

  • Miss Beale, rushing across London in a taxi, reminded him of nothing more masterful than a cage-bird turned loose in a tempest.

    Number Seventeen

    Louis Tracy

  • Pothinus finally discovered that he was having some difficulty in keeping his cage-bird contented.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis

  • Lean on the wall, and loose her cage-bird heart, To lift and breast and dance upon the breeze.