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[rok-uh-ree] /ˈrɒk ə ri/
noun, plural rockeries.
Origin of rockery
First recorded in 1835-45; rock1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The object of their sudden interest was a rockery in the front yard.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • It was Mrs. Norton; she had in mind to get the rockery returned.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • It ought to be planted in a crevice of the rockery in gravel, sand, and peat.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • As if you wanted to make a rockery this moment, right on top of your own question!

    Six Girls and Bob

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • Besides these plants, you should put a few bulbs in your rockery.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • They are appropriate in any situation in the flower border or rockery.

    Beautiful Bulbous Plants John Weathers
  • If more than one tub is used, why not make a rockery between?

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • The mounting had been the worst part and it had only been achieved by the help of a rockery.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • Plants that flower the whole season through are most valuable on the rockery.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
  • The alpine poppies are so delicate and graceful that they seem made for the rockery.

    Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
British Dictionary definitions for rockery


noun (pl) -eries
a garden constructed with rocks, esp one where alpine plants are grown Also called rock garden
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