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Use 'cage' to refer to physical enclosures with bars; specifically for confining animals. SlideThe zoo installed new cages for the monkeys.
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Negative FeelingsPlay
A cage usually implies captivity and lack of freedom, which can evoke sympathy for caged animals. SlideSeeing birds in a tiny cage makes me sad.
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Material NoticePlay
Cages are often made of metal, but you might find wooden or plastic ones for smaller pets. SlideShe bought a wooden cage for her parrot.