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

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Each year the conservancy, led by private donors, restores eroding corners of this grand public space with new trees, lawns, playgrounds and ballfields that are used by tens of thousands across the city regardless of income. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Money ‘in the Wrong Hands’," 13 Jan. 2019 Bloom, a biologist with the conservancy, used a wooden pole with a rounded end to gently probe below the surface of the meadow hoping to find one of the tiny turtles. John D. Simmons, charlotteobserver, "Tiny turtles face uncertain fate in Gaston County," 29 June 2018 The conservancy relies heavily on tourism to provide income for its many conservation projects. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 Skomal and the conservancy are in the final year of a five-year population study of the sharks. Steve Annear,, "Drone video shows shark eating seal off Cape Cod beach," 13 July 2018 The restaurant in the park was first announced in September 2015 when the conservancy tapped Zelko Concepts (parnters Jamie and Dalia Zelko) as operators. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "The Ivy & James shutters at Evelyn’s Park," 2 July 2018 The parks conservancy estimated the crowd at 28,000. New York Times, "Review: The Philharmonic’s Women Can Wear Pants in the Park," 14 June 2018 The conservancy would like to apply to get the structures registered as historic sites in the future, Schwarz said. Sara Sneath,, "Visiting Navy, Marines help restore World War II ammunition depots in Belle Chasse," 25 Apr. 2018 This wildly beautiful landscape has been pristinely maintained as both a true Southern escape for travelers and residents and an active conservancy for hundreds of plant, bird and marine species. Smithsonian, "Learn more about the Conservancy at Palmetto Bluff," 1 Apr. 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
British : a group of officials who control and protect a river or port

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