con·​ser·​van·​cy | \ kən-ˈsər-vən(t)-sē How to pronounce conservancy (audio) \
plural conservancies

Definition of conservancy

1 British : a board regulating fisheries and navigation in a river or port
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
Recent Examples on the Web The popular Sea Turtle Initiative in Costa Rica costs $3,295 for adults and $2,895 for children (16 years of age and younger) for three nights in coastal lodging near a local conservancy and four nights at a three-star hotel., "Velas Resorts," 2 Oct. 2019 The problem, according to the lawsuit, is that the conservancy has continued to allow corn to be harvested, which destroys the sensitive peat soil. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "The delta’s sinking islands," 12 Jan. 2020 The conservancy expects to have a competitive bid process open in May or June, Hiatt Haigh said. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas to take first steps to connect trails from White Rock Lake to South Dallas," 6 Jan. 2020 The conservancy has also bought other farmlands and properties that were slated for development., "It's one of Arizona's most precious rivers. Hundreds of new wells may leave it running dry," 5 Dec. 2019 The conservancy plans for the trails on the new preserve to connect to trails at the Putney Mountain Unit of Conte National Wildlife Refuge and the Black Mountain. USA TODAY, "Liberty State Park, Christmas Tree Lane, time capsule: News from around our 50 states," 3 Dec. 2019 In 2019 alone, more than 15,000 acres of the preserve was burned, while the conservancy’s fire team worked with neighboring ranchers to burn nearly 35,000 acres. NBC News, "Saving Oklahoma's prairies, a vital weapon against climate change," 30 Nov. 2019 Last year, though, Ms. Sweedler said the Justice Department told the conservancy to stop taking the money. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Oligarchs, as U.S. Arts Patrons, Present a Softer Image of Russia," 6 Oct. 2019 The conservancy will lead guided hikes Saturday through April 18. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Car show benefits military support groups," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Conservancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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

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