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rookery

Syllabification: rook·er·y
Pronunciation: /ˈro͝okərē
 
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Definition of rookery in English:

noun (plural rookeries)

1A breeding colony of rooks, typically seen as a collection of nests high in a clump of trees.
Example sentences
  • If a bird misbehaved itself such as claim or take over another bird's nest in the rookery the general body intervened and that bird was sentenced to isolation and had to go and live on a tree apart from the rest.
  • However, the people actually had rooks and a rookery.
  • The reason for the desertion wasn't difficult to find: a pair of Buzzards had decided that the old rookery was an ideal place for them to nest!
1.1A breeding colony of seabirds (especially penguins), seals, or turtles.
Example sentences
  • This bounty still lures millions of sea birds from rookeries across the Pacific Ocean.
  • Warning bells went off for locals in the 1970s after a deluge of visitors discovered the elephant seal rookery.
  • We also expect to see abundant turtles, as the Lacepedes are Western Australia's largest green turtle rookery.
2A dense collection of housing, especially in a slum area.
Example sentences
  • Tenements, rookeries, and cheap rooming districts exercised a huge symbolic power over the public imagination as centres of vice, squalor, drunkenness, traffic in sex and stolen goods, and general depravity.

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