Definition of drey in English:

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Pronunciation: /dreɪ/

noun (plural dreys)

The nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs in a tree.
Example sentences
  • The Siberian flying squirrel is a nocturnal arboreal rodent, which nests in tree cavities, twig dreys, and nest-boxes.
  • At another site it was decided to remove a grey squirrel from its winter drey.
  • They rear their young in stick nests or ‘dreys’, are less active in winter, and do not hibernate or bury nuts as winter store.


Early 17th century: of unknown origin.

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