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 Researchers from the conservancy, the state, and Arizona State University analyzed the data., "White sharks off Cape Cape spend almost half their time in shallow water, study says," 31 Mar. 2021 There will also be a nonprofit conservancy group raising private money to help with amenities and upkeep. Don Stacom,, "New Britain, Farmington and Hartford to share costs in plan to restore long-shuttered Batterson Park," 24 Mar. 2021 In Namibia, government wildlife conservancy programs move rhinos to farms and reserves in remote communities. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, "Why airlifting rhinos upside down is critical to conservation," 17 Mar. 2021 Of the $200 million needed for the overall project, the conservancy has raised $110 million, including a $50 million donation from Annette Simmons. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "You thought it would never happen: With a new boss, Dallas’ Trinity park aims to break ground next year," 2 Feb. 2021 To discover where the conservancy focuses its greening of America — which has some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth — go to this map. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Spring Smiles: Wild And Wonderful Ways To Savor The New Season," 12 Mar. 2021 The gift was meant to cover most of the roughly $11 million project, with the conservancy tasked to raise the rest of the money. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Long-planned renovation of Balboa Park’s Botanical Building hits a snag," 5 Mar. 2021 Now, the conservancy board is working with the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd to bring two pregnant female bison to Catalina Island, situated about 22 miles south of Palos Verdes Peninsula, in December. Louis Sahagún Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Catalina plans to import bison to boost the herd. Biologists aren’t happy," 8 Nov. 2020 Deedie Rose, the conservancy’s board chair, said the same about Moore. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "You thought it would never happen: With a new boss, Dallas’ Trinity park aims to break ground next year," 2 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of conservancy was in 1667

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12 Apr 2021

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“Conservancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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