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

Definition of hatchery

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

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According to officials, the grant will expand the hatchery and more than double the output of oysters into the bay. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Seafood Restaurants’ Leftover Shells to Become ‘Living Barrier Reef’ on Long Island," 14 July 2018 Those sales left Tyson with a handful of processing plants, rendering facilities and hatcheries in India and in China, where the company had invested heavily to develop integrated complexes to hatch, raise, slaughter and process chickens. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson Foods CEO Looks to Make International Acquisitions," 7 Nov. 2018 Meghan then quickly changed into a purple Givenchy sweater and pleated skirt before the royals headed to a kiwi chick hatchery and to greet the public on a walkabout. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Finishes Out the Royal Tour of New Zealand Wearing Prince Harry's Jacket," 31 Oct. 2018 All former boundaries and the limit of one hatchery chinook per day will be in effect. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Spring chinook fishing to reopen on Columbia River," 23 May 2018 Schuyler caught the fish while out drift-netting for hatchery chinook intended for a ceremonial feast at the tribe’s upcoming blessing of the fleet. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "8 months after farmed-fish escape, lively Atlantic salmon caught 40 miles upriver," 20 Apr. 2018 The fee hasn’t budged since 2005, resulting in scores of job and program cuts and now threatening fish hatcheries. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "In Harrisburg politics, revenge is power. And sometimes policy | Maria Panaritis," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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