con·ser·van·cy | \kən-ˈsər-vən(t)-sē \
plural conservancies

Definition of conservancy 

1 British : a board regulating fisheries and navigation in a river or port

2a : conservation

b : an organization or area designated to conserve and protect natural resources

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conservation, preservation

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Examples of conservancy in a Sentence

The land was recently donated to a local conservancy. raising money for the conservancy of natural resources

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Skomal, a senior biologist with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, and researchers from the conservancy are in their final year of a five-year population study of great whites off Cape Cod. Steve Annear,, "First great white of the season tagged by experts off Cape Cod," 10 July 2018 The conservancy created a revolving fund to purchase the house and others like it. Bo Emerson, ajc, "Architectural gem rescued by Madison conservancy," 13 July 2018 The conservancy said Monday on Twitter that a tracking device was successfully attached to a roughly 11-foot shark swimming a quarter-mile from the Truro shoreline. Steve Annear,, "First great white of the season tagged by experts off Cape Cod," 10 July 2018 And second, the conservancy has been hosting a major competition to find a new design for about 20 acres of riverfront property west of downtown. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "5 questions you have about Detroit's future: City airport, riverfront," 5 Jan. 2018 The only really happening thing on the island is its nature conservancy, notably the sea-turtle nesting and protection program. Alison Humes, WSJ, "Summer Getaways That You Don’t Need To Sweat Over," 28 June 2018 The formation of the conservancy was originally reported on by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Opposition group sprouts in response to Corpus Christi oil export plans," 22 June 2018 Starbucks announced plans to switch to strawless lids at stores worldwide by 2020, citing environmental consciousness and ocean conservancy in their efforts. Madison Roberts,, "Why Starbucks And Other Companies Are Ditching Plastic Straws To Help Save the Environment," 11 July 2018 Much of the threat is blamed on loss of nesting habitat due to development and the lighting created by homes and businesses, which disorient the nesting turtles at night, the conservancy says. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Tourists warned sea turtles may nest in broad daylight — that's rare at Cape Hatteras," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of conservancy

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conservancy

alteration of obsolete conservacy conservation, from Anglo-French conservacie, from Medieval Latin conservatia, from Latin conservare — see conserve entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of conservancy

: an organization that works to protect animals, plants, and natural resources especially by purchasing and caring for areas of land

: a group of officials who control and protect a river or port

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