rookery


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rook·er·y

 (ro͝ok′ə-rē)
n. pl. rook·er·ies
1.
a. A place where large numbers of rooks or certain seabirds or marine animals, such as penguins or seals, nest or breed.
b. A colony of such animals.
2. Informal A crowded and dilapidated tenement or area.

rookery

(ˈrʊkərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. (Zoology) a group of nesting rooks
2. (Zoology) a clump of trees containing rooks' nests
3. (Zoology)
a. a breeding ground or communal living area of certain other species of gregarious birds or mammals, esp penguins or seals
b. a colony of any such creatures
4. archaic an overcrowded slum tenement building or area of housing

rook•er•y

(ˈrʊk ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. a colony or breeding place of rooks or other gregarious creatures, as penguins or seals.
2. any teeming, overcrowded place.
[1715–25]

rook·er·y

(ro͝ok′ə-rē)
A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.

rookery

a breeding or nesting place of rooks or of any gregarious bird or animal.
See also: Animals, Birds

Rookery

 a collection of rooks’ nests; the breeding place or large colony of sea birds or other marine mammals; hence, the birds themselves, as herons or penguins; a cluster of dilapidated buildings. See also building.
Examples: rookery of albatross, 1838; of buildings; of crows, 1822; of herons; of penguins, 1840; of prostitutes, 1851; of rooks, 1725; of sea bears, 1881; of sea elephants, 1860; of seals, 1847; of volcanoes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rookery - a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)rookery - a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)
breeding ground - a place where animals breed
heronry - a breeding ground for herons; a heron rookery
Translations

rookery

[ˈrʊkərɪ] Ncolonia f de grajos

rookery

nKolonie f

rookery

[ˈrʊkərɪ] ncolonia di corvi
References in classic literature ?
Calls a house a rookery when there's not a rook near it, and takes the birds on trust, because he sees the nests
Ere long, even they were left in shadow--the shadow of the distant hills, or of the earth itself; and, in sympathy for the busy citizens of the rookery, I regretted to see their habitation, so lately bathed in glorious light, reduced to the sombre, work-a-day hue of the lower world, or of my own world within.
Long since, he thought; and then, casting his eye through the front glass, which had been recently occluded by the figure of the jarvey, he beheld the tree-tops of the rookery in Randolph Crescent.
Lord John Roxton and I turned down Vigo Street together and through the dingy portals of the famous aristocratic rookery.
To them he spoke in a deep, quivering voice, and said he, "An ye go within a score of feet of yonder room, I will tear down your rookery over your heads so that not one stone shall be left upon another.
We arrived at a tumble-down old rookery called the Palazzo Simonetti--a massive hewn-stone affair occupied by a family of ragged Italians.
Its grey front stood out well from the background of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion's designation.
I am the last of the Lost Rookery of Masafuera, and in the days when men killed us by the hundred thousand there was a story on the beaches that some day a white seal would come out of the North and lead the seal people to a quiet place.
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A man, believed to be a customer, was found with severe head injuries after being attacked in the Rookery Road shop in Handsworth at around 12.