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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Likely incapable of stepping delicately through the hatchery without crushing eggs underfoot, titanosaurs presumably were hands-off parents. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2023 Other mitigation projects required for SONGS included the white sea bass fish hatchery in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon at Carlsbad, and an artificial reef built to anchor a kelp forest off the coast of San Clemente. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, in news from the central Oregon coast, federal managers agreed to add more coho from an uncaught hatchery quota to allow a reopening Friday of any-coho retention. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 About a decade ago, Oregon State University researchers confirmed that an increase in ocean acidification was definitively related to the collapse of oyster seed growth at a commercial oyster hatchery. Isabella Breda, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Nov. 2022 To others, the Asian hatchery fish are proverbial red herrings. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Oct. 2022 From Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam, the daily limit is two adult salmon, but also only one chinook and only hatchery coho are allowed. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 28 Sep. 2022 While some of the fish reproduce naturally — mostly lake trout on reefs and chinook, coho and steelhead in streams on the Michigan side of the lake — most still need to get their start in a hatchery. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 16 Oct. 2022 Besides protecting the trout habitat, officials also developed a captive population in a hatchery. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 2 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 28 Jan. 2023.

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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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