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 The Piedras Blancas Rookery is the only elephant seal rookery in the world that’s easily accessible, free, and open to the public every day. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 For more than a decade, several environmental groups have worked to put an end to the La Jolla fireworks show, saying the pyrotechnics pose a serious risk to nearby marine habitats — particularly the sea lion rookery located near Point La Jolla. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 In late April, Henderson testified in Olmsted County District Court about the rookery's significance, supporting a restraining order to stop trees from being cut down for construction. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 Osborn’s great-grandfather, E.A. McIlhenny, created an egret rookery at the island in 1895 because the birds were nearing extermination by hunters who sold their plumage to adorn women’s hats. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 In 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association recognized Point La Jolla as a sea lion rookery — or a place where pups are bred. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 Proponents also are thinking big about environmental repair, restoring 6,600 acres of ecosystems such as wetlands, bird rookery islands, and oyster reefs, some located elsewhere along the Texas shore. Eric Bender, Wired, 26 June 2021 Highway 1 is an iconic span of roadway along California’s coast, with thirteen state parks, a marine sanctuary, and even an elephant seal rookery contained within it. Ali Wunderman, Forbes, 16 June 2021 It’s because the 1-square-mile island is the largest Western gull rookery in the West. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of rookery

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rookery was in 1704

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“Rookery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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