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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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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Although seemingly separate endeavors, everything de Broglie champions—the tomato conservancy, micro-farm, Deyrolle, and his activism—all serve as vehicles to steward the beauty of the world for the next generation. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "How a French Prince Is Saving the World From Tasteless Tomatoes," 17 Sep. 2018 Hunted to near-extinction, the northern white rhino population now number two: Najin, Sudan’s daughter, and Fatu, his granddaughter, both at the conservancy. New York Times,, "Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, dies," 21 Mar. 2018 There are two other white rhinos left in the world — a female named Najin and daughter Fatu, both also living at the conservancy in Kenya. Ann M. Simmons,, "With the last male ailing, the northern white rhino is almost gone," 2 Mar. 2018 The fire started Monday and moved downslope toward Highway 209, according to the conservancy. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Raging fire forces evacuation of hikers off Appalachian Trail | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Ticketing for the event begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the non-profit conservancy. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Astrodome Conservancy, Harris County announces free party inside Eighth Wonder of the World," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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