Middle English Dictionary Entry

cāǧe n.
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(a) A cage for birds or animals; a coop for domesticated fowls; as brid in ~; (b) fig. a womb; maidenes ~, the Virgin Mary's womb; dethes ~, a grave.
(a) A cage for prisoners; jail, prison, a cell; confinement, captivity; holden (kepen) in ~, to keep (sb.) closely confined, keep (sth.) hidden or secret; also fig.; (b) a small enclosure, room, dwelling; narowe ~, fig. the world.
(a) An open framework, a platform, a stage for plays; ?also, a place for torture; (b) a movable shed used in sieges, a pluteus.
In names; ~ maker, one who makes coops for poultry.