What is menagerie?

  • (noun): The facility where wild animals are housed for exhibition.
    Synonyms: zoo, zoological garden
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A menagerie is a form of keeping common and exotic animals in captivity that preceded the modern zoological garden. The term was first used in seventeenth century France in reference to the management of household or domestic stock. Later, it came to be used primarily in reference to aristocratic or royal animal collections. The French-language "Methodical Encyclopaedia" of 1782 defines a menagerie as an "establishment of luxury and curiosity." Later on, the term referred also to travelling animal collections that exhibited wild animals at fairs across Europe and the Americas.

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Stephen Polito
... Stephen Polito (also known as Stephano, Stephani and Stephanus Polito) (1763/4–1814) was a menagerie owner of Italian descent in Georgian England ... He owned a menagerie which he toured around England in the late 18th century ... named Miles in 1798, and "Miles and Polito's Menagerie" exhibited at St Bartholomew's Fair in 1799 ...
Ménagerie Du Jardin Des Plantes - From Herb Garden To Menagerie - The Foundation of The Menagerie
... In the course of the French Revolution the menagerie was founded in 1793 ... private hands were to be donated to the Menagerie in Versailles or killed, stuffed and donated to the natural scientists of the Jardin des Plantes ... In due course the Royal Menagerie in Versailles (ménagerie royale) was dissolved and these animals were also transferred to the Jardin des Plantes ...
Menagerie - Uses in Media - Theatre
... A play, by Tennessee Williams, was written entitled The Glass Menagerie ... the opera's characters and in special the main character as animals in a menagerie ... The historic Tower of London menagerie is described in some detail by Julia Stuart in her 2010 novel, "The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise" -- which portrays the installation of a new menagerie on the Tower grounds ...
James "Grizzly" Adams - Association With Circus People
... Several menageries were active in the New England area at this time, probably the largest was the June, Titus Company's National Menagerie aka, Grand National ... Boston, Massachusetts was the venue for many such menageries while Adams was living there, so he had the opportunity to meet and interact with the proprietors and ... There were also circuses and menageries on the Pacific Coast when John reached California, one of which was the Joseph A ...

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  • (noun): A collection of live animals for study or display.

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    This universal exhibition in Canada of the tools and sinews of war reminded me of the keeper of a menagerie showing his animals’ claws. It was the English leopard showing his claws.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)