hatch·​ery | \ ˈha-chə-rē How to pronounce hatchery (audio) \
plural hatcheries

Definition of hatchery

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

Examples of hatchery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fish are brought as fingerlings to the facility from a DNR hatchery. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha project aims to improve fish rearing pond and Pike River," 5 Sep. 2020 Pingree said in her letter that one hatchery had a shipment of 4,800 chicks arrive in New England with all of the animals dead. Mike Dorning, Fortune, "Baby chicks are dying in the mail. One hatchery lost 4,800 in a single shipment," 21 Aug. 2020 Besides spawning at younger ages, climate change and competition from the growing numbers of wild and hatchery salmon are also significant factors in salmon size reduction, according to the study. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Alaskan salmon are decreasing in size thanks to climate change and competition, study says," 20 Aug. 2020 Approximately 65% of the summer chinook are marked as hatchery fish. oregonlive, "Oregon, Washington add 5 days of chinook salmon sportfishing on Columbia River," 30 June 2020 The Seafood Auction also can streamline sales of hatchery cost recovery salmon, the fish sold to help fund their operations. Anchorage Daily News, "2020 salmon returns have been so poor that Alaska communities already are claiming fishery disasters," 11 Aug. 2020 The hatchery will produce at least 500 million oyster larvae a year, with at least 25 percent dedicated to oyster restoration in areas protected from harvest. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Oyster bed restoration, marine mammal stranding response gets $28.7 million in BP spill money," 9 Aug. 2020 As fish counts continued to climb at Bonneville Dam, Oregon and Washington biologists met by telephone Wednesday and approved a weeklong extension of angling on the Columbia River for hatchery chinook salmon (adults and jacks), starting Thursday. oregonlive, "States extend Columbia River fishing for hatchery chinook salmon," 8 July 2020 The Clackamas River will close Saturday to all hatchery spring chinook salmon retention. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Hatchery spring chinook salmon retention on Clackamas River closing Saturday," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of hatchery

1857, in the meaning defined above

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8 Sep 2020

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“Hatchery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchery. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce hatchery (audio) \
plural hatcheries

Kids Definition of hatchery

: a place for hatching eggs a fish hatchery

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