rookery

noun
rook·​ery | \ ˈru̇-kə-rē How to pronounce rookery (audio) \
plural rookeries

Definition of rookery

1a : the nests or breeding place of a colony of rooks also : a colony of rooks
b : a breeding ground or haunt especially of gregarious birds or mammals (such as penguins or seals) also : a colony of such birds or mammals
2 : a crowded dilapidated tenement or group of dwellings

Examples of rookery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the wild landscape of Big Sur to the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery in San Simeon to agricultural walking tours in Monterey County, there’s plenty to see and learn when kids aren’t logged on to their home classroom. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great places to road-school your kids, from the California coast to Cape Cod," 6 Oct. 2020 Ralston Island, which rises from the center of the refuge’s Great Salt Plains Lake, is the largest heron rookery in Oklahoma, hosting some 30,000 birds a year. Ashley Stimpson, National Geographic, "Dig in! This nature reserve wants you to make a mess," 15 Sep. 2020 Lentini had been photographing a California sea lion rookery in the bay of La Paz, Mexico, when the diving birds caught her attention. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Birds Dive, Splash and Play in These Prize-Winning Photos," 15 July 2020 Despite the apparently tremendous numbers, the turtles’ rookery has not been producing that many hatchlings and many adult turtles have been dying on shore, according to the Raine Island Recovery Project. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Drone Footage Shows Thousands of Nesting Sea Turtles," 15 June 2020 Bald eagles rearing young, spawning bass, beehives, herons in a rookery and a chicken snake slithering up a cypress tree were some of the simple, yet wondrous sights Dance has experienced recently. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Legendary angler Bill Dance reveals what fishing’s like during pandemic," 16 May 2020 In Savoonga, residents also see fewer birds in a rocky island rookery near the village. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019 In June 2018 a state official in Michigan alerted the Fish and Wildlife Service that a logger had spotted a great blue heron rookery in a red pine forest and wanted to know how to proceed. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths," 24 Dec. 2019 In Savoonga, residents also see fewer birds in a rocky island rookery near the village. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rookery

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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10 Oct 2020

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“Rookery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rookery. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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