from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A contrivance used by entomologists for rearing insects in captivity, as a box of wire netting, a jar covered with cloth, or any similar arrangement.
  • noun A large cage, with a box, pan, or compartment for a next, in which a pair of birds are placed for breeding in captivity.


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  • Gingerly Mr. Flint picked him up between thumb and fore-finger, and as gingerly dropped him back into the breeding-cage.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

  • Gather some eggs and watch the development of the insects in a breeding-cage.

    Agriculture for Beginners Revised Edition

  • Last night I left them in a breeding-cage on my desk.


  • "I don't believe you ever had anything in your breeding-cage except a few clothes moths and cockroaches!"


  • So first he sneaked in here and put an ichneumon fly in my breeding-cage.


  • "It's my belief," shouted Quint, "that you want that medal yourself, and that you put an ichneumon fly in my breeding-cage in hopes it would sting the eggs of the Silver Moon."


  • We must employ the breeding-cage, which will permit of assiduous visits, continuous enquiry and a variety of artifices.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • The rest were probably sterile, a suspicion corroborated by the lack of pairing in the breeding-cage.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • Blister-beetles, reared in a breeding-cage, have left a few lines of notes in my records.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • When a bright sun shines into the breeding-cage, it is not long before the insects form couples on the bunch of everlastings.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles


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