rookery

noun rook·ery \ ˈru̇-kə-rē \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of rookery

plural rookeries
1 a : 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

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1704

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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