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A diverse or miscellaneous group.
From French ménagerie, derived from ménager (“to keep house"), household. Housekeeping used to include taking care of domestic animals.
French ménagerie from Old French mesnage ménage ménage
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
This is a magnificent palace, with gardens, a menagerie and a good library.
Inside the lean-to was a menagerie of antique farm equipment.
Sclater, "On the Struthious Birds living in the Zoological Society's Menagerie," Transactions, iv.
All collections of living beings are subject to epidemics, and in an ideal menagerie special precautions should be taken.
I love all living things,--I suppose everyone does; but of course I cannot have a menagerie.
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