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puzzle box

noun Psychology.
  1. an enclosure, used in experiments in animal learning, from which an animal must escape or in which it must manipulate various devices.
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Origin of puzzle box

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples of puzzle box

  • That comes of Harry dying so inconsiderately and leaving this puzzle-box on my hands.

    Michael, Brother of Jerry

    Jack London

  • A pyramid seemed to have been constructed something after the manner of an onion or a Chinese puzzle-box.