hatch·ery | \ ˈha-chə-rē \
plural hatcheries

Definition of hatchery 

: a place for hatching eggs (as of poultry or fish)

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In recent years, the run has been kept alive almost entirely by a small emergency hatchery built at the base of the dam. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "These Chinook almost went extinct during California’s drought. Can this $100 million plan save them? | The Sacramento Bee," 8 Mar. 2018 One person, Richardson said, tried to claim a state record with a fish raised in a commercial hatchery. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Roxborough man wants to catch Pennsylvania's biggest fish, anywhere, anytime," 8 July 2018 Sikorsky harvested 12 fish, flew them to a private hatchery, and arranged to have the pond sterilized with rotenone, a pesticide dropped from, ironically, two Sikorsky Blackhawks contracted from the National Guard. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing," 11 July 2018 McIntosh said the Corps wants to transfer the hatchery to another owner and the state is interested. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "OSU students vote to oust graduate rep accused of hate crime," 16 Feb. 2018 The hatchery, 30 feet long, is built in the shape of a giant green sea turtle. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018 Pretty soon the back seat was a bird hatchery, and even dad couldn’t suppress a smile. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Save the Great American Family Road Trip," 28 June 2018 The pond, which used to be a hatchery for the state department of natural resources, is stocked with fish. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kids fish for free at Delafield Fish Hatchery," 9 May 2018 Wallace Lake received major league releases of rainbow trout, and hatchery rainbows also released at Hinckley, Shadow, Ledge, Ranger and Judge's lakes. cleveland.com, "D'Arcy Egan fishing report for May 3: Walleye biting, steelhead hanging around," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of hatchery

1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hatchery

: a place where people raise young chicken, fish, etc., from eggs


hatch·ery | \ ˈha-chə-rē \
plural hatcheries

Kids Definition of hatchery

: a place for hatching eggs a fish hatchery

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