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)

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The department’s fish hatchery at McIver, on the Clackamas River, is getting a new cold water source directly from River Mill Dam. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: In search of hungry trout in Oregon’s summer haven," 2 Aug. 2019 The eggs were nurtured at the Native Aquatic Species Restoration Facility (NASRF) hatchery in Alamosa. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Highly endangered high alpine Boreal Toads reintroduced in Colorado," 13 July 2019 Officials say ash from the fire three summers ago made water in Hayden Creek uninhabitable, and the surviving fish were taken to a hatchery near Crested Butte to spawn. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 The hatchery is critical for maintaining spring chinook salmon runs in the Willamette River system and, thus, keeping anglers motivated and involved in wild-fish recovery efforts. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 Feeding hatchery fish to a wild, starving orca is part of an unprecedented effort by federal scientists to save her life. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Scientists attempt to feed live chinook to ailing orca J50, but did she eat?," 13 Aug. 2018 The provinces have organized sports and cultural exchanges and joined forces to build a salmon hatchery in Kangwon, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangwon Province’s Pyeongchang County deepened the cross-border ties. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In N. Korea nuclear talks, what about human rights?," 20 June 2019 Most of those infected reported contact with chicks or ducklings from hatcheries, agricultural stores and websites. Arman Azad, CNN, "Hundreds more reported ill in salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry," 13 June 2019 In total, 1 million Chinook raised by biologists at a hatchery near the base of Oroville Dam were to be released into the river. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "A million salmon were released into the Sacramento River. So why are anglers unhappy? | The Sacramento Bee," 2 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 How to pronounce hatchery (audio) \
plural hatcheries

Kids Definition of hatchery

: a place for hatching eggs a fish hatchery

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