from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box, pen, or small house for birds; a place in which birds are housed.


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  • There she would have a little garden, some chickens, perhaps, a tall pole with a pretty bird-house on it, and flowers and trees and green grass everywhere about.

    Jennie Gerhardt

  • Above, in the high bird-house, starlings were chattering and looking down inquisitively from their airy home.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • The children have made a box, fire truck, bird-house, helicopter, sled, Mickey Mouse bookends and snowman napkin holder.

    Archive 2003-12-01

  • Her family, who might have told the hour of day or her passing mood by the action of the chair, knew by her pacific gait that she would lament the unbuilt bird-house no more that night.

    Judith of the Plains

  • It is not improbable that, if she had been asked to name the chiefest disappointment of her wretched married life, she would have mentioned the bird-house that was never built.

    Judith of the Plains

  • Mrs. Rodney remembered the unbuilt bird-house and indulged herself to the full of melancholy.

    Judith of the Plains

  • In whatever vicinity we may reside, whether in the clearing or in the heart of the village, if we set up a little bird-house in May, it will certainly be occupied by a Blue-Bird, unless preoccupied by a bird of some other species.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • He could see the papery walls blown apart like scraps of cardboard -- Aunt Elsie falling, falling with her bed from her little bird-house under the eaves, giving vent to one deaf, terrified "Hey -- what's that?" as she sank like Lucifer cast from Heaven inexorably down into the laundry stove, her little tight, white curls standing up on end ....

    Young People's Pride

  • If a bird-house isn't set with its door facing the sunrise, every decent bird will think twice before taking possession.

    The Adventures of Maya the Bee

  • Mr. Ranny came out with his machine laden with priceless treasures from the ten-cent store, or later when Quin Graham dashed up the lane with anything from a garden-spade to a bird-house in his hands, and with an enthusiasm and energy in his soul that communicated themselves to all concerned.



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