granary

noun
gra·na·ry | \ˈgrā-nə-rē, ˈgra- \
plural granaries

Definition of granary 

1a : a storehouse for threshed grain

b : a region producing grain in abundance

2 : a chief source or storehouse

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Follow the mud-brown river past Louisiana’s chemical plants, oil refineries, granaries, ports, and the rail networks and highways that spring from its fingers. Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg.com, "In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port," 27 June 2018 The region’s canyons are home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites dense with rock art, hogans, granaries, pots, and baskets. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 The woodpeckers have learned that the granary tree is the best way to do this. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One of nature’s hoarders," 7 Apr. 2018 It was assumed that mice didn’t really begin hanging out with humans until the dawn of agriculture, some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago—lured to our homes and towns by kitchens full of crumbs and granaries full of wheat. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Years," 29 Mar. 2017 Mao Zedong commanded a 1958 war on the vermin afflicting Chinese granaries, encouraging the extermination, over a two-day period, of all fleas, flies, rats and sparrows. Raj Patel, New York Times, "Have a Banana. On Second Thought, Don’t.," 14 Apr. 2017 The photographer found artists selling watercolors for a few dinar at Ksar Ouled Sultane, a granary that subbed as slaves quarters of Mos Espa in The Phantom Menace. Jenna Garrett, WIRED, "Tatooine IRL Doesn’t Have Two Suns, But It’s Still Awesome," 16 Nov. 2015 The property also has a barn, summer kitchen, granary, buggy house, blacksmith shop and outhouse. Washington Post, "North Dakota hopes to lure more to Lawrence Welk home," 19 May 2017 It was assumed that mice didn’t really begin hanging out with humans until the dawn of agriculture, some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago—lured to our homes and towns by kitchens full of crumbs and granaries full of wheat. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Years," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of granary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for granary

Latin granarium, from granum grain

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granary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of granary

: a building in which grain is stored

granary

noun
gra·na·ry | \ˈgrā-nə-rē, ˈgra-\
plural granaries

Kids Definition of granary

: a building in which grain is stored

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