hatch·​ery ˈha-chə-rē How to pronounce hatchery (audio)
plural hatcheries
: a place for hatching eggs (as of poultry or fish)

Examples of hatchery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, Sisters’ Island will open the country’s first marine park — including a sea turtle hatchery and coral protection area — in 2024. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Jan. 2024 In January, Newsom responded to the salmon crisis with an action plan encompassing restoring salmon habitats, modernizing hatcheries, and removing impediments to salmons’ upstream migrations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 That last detail was crucial for the truck's cargo: some 102,000 spring Chinook smolts, or young salmon, that had been raised in a hatchery. Bill Chappell, NPR, 4 Apr. 2024 Earlier this month, Cal-Maine purchased a broiler processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Dexter, Missouri from Tyson Foods TSN -0.1% Inc. Gurufocus, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The company is actively seeking shellfish nurseries and hatcheries to partner with on future projects. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Mar. 2024 The hatchery still has millions of fish scheduled to be released later this year, and teams from the Karuk Tribe’s fisheries department have also been finding healthy wild salmon in the river. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Tiger trout are easy to produce, however, and many states include them with their hatchery rainbows and browns for spring and fall stockings. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 28 Feb. 2024 Last year’s bounty approached the hatchery’s record levels of close to two billion in 2016 and again in 2017. Louise Schiavone, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hatchery was in 1857

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“Hatchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchery. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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hatch·​ery ˈhach-(ə-)rē How to pronounce hatchery (audio)
plural hatcheries
: a place for hatching eggs
a fish hatchery

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