a large bird cage; an aviary ...1638 obs. rare
from French volière (aviary), from voler (to fly)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1638 - see EXAMPLE below
"...he has here a pretty Carvan-sraw and Summer houses for his owne delight, wherein are five neat roomes curiously painted in Imagery and imbost with gold; his Gardens are also sweet and prettily contrivd into grotts, mazes, vollieres, and the like, equall to that of Aladeul' at Caramit for his Assassinates; but nasty and deformed if compard with Paradize..."
From: Some Yeares Travels into Divers Parts of Asia and Afrique Describing Especially the Two Famous Empires, the Persian, and the Great Mogull
- Thomas Herbert