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

Definition of hatchery 

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

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Triploids, which are grown in hatcheries before being released into the ocean, achieve maturity in less than two years. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Is the Southeastern U.S. the Hottest New Region for Oysters?," 29 Jan. 2016 More Chinook salmon are being reared in hatcheries as whale food, but that is far from a certain fix. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 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

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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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