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Menagery, -ie, Mannagerie, Managary, n. [e.m.E. menagery (1633), managery (1643), partly F. ménagerie domestic administration, partly f. e.m.E. manage (see Mena(d)ge v.).] Management or administration of anything; domestic management; husbanding, judicious use of resources.(a) 1586 Gray Lett. & P. App. xiii.
Grantis to Patrick Maister of Gray an full dischairdge of all gould, jowells, claithing, or any vther our menagerie
1597 James VI Dæmonol. 19.
To answere to such demands as concernes curing of disseases, their own particular menagery
1658 R. Moray Lett. 12/21 Jan.
As to your menagery you [being thriftless] put me in mind of one that you little think of
(b) 1656 Ayrsh. Coll. IV. 157.
Commissioners intrusted for the managary of the estate
1657 Misc. Spald. C. II. 395.
The estate was but small, yet by the help of friends and honest mannagerie it proved better than was expected

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