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[roo k-uh-ree] /ˈrʊk ə ri/
noun, plural rookeries.
a breeding place or colony of gregarious birds or animals, as penguins and seals.
a colony of rooks.
a place where rooks congregate to breed.
a crowded tenement house.
Origin of rookery
First recorded in 1715-25; rook1 + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rookery
Contemporary Examples
  • The polished wood-paneled rookery Hotel calls itself “Soho in the East” and frankly, that undersells it.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt November 21, 2009
Historical Examples
  • Our rookery was in the middle swamp a day inland from Talimeco, safe and secret.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • If ever you write a novel, Miss Manvers, mind you have a rookery in it.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The stream of birds from the rookery was flying in the same direction.

    The Black Phantom

    Leo Edward Miller
  • The proximity of a rookery does not affect all people alike.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • I called a hackman, for my reading taught me what to do, and I told him to drive me to the rookery.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • Navigators have agreed in calling an assemblage of such encampments a rookery.

  • Before that, rookery after rookery had been visited and every seal butchered.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • I never saw a man do it, unless he was burned out of his rookery.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • After lunch they all went off to the rookery, which was at the other side of the park from Gar Wood.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for rookery


noun (pl) -eries
a group of nesting rooks
a clump of trees containing rooks' nests
  1. a breeding ground or communal living area of certain other species of gregarious birds or mammals, esp penguins or seals
  2. a colony of any such creatures
(archaic) an overcrowded slum tenement building or area of housing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rookery

"colony of rooks," 1725, from rook (n.1) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rookery in Science
A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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