[ hach-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural hatch·er·ies.
  1. a place for hatching eggs of hens, fish, etc., especially a large, commercial or government site where the young are hatched, cared for, and sold or distributed.

Origin of hatchery

First recorded in 1875–80; hatch1 + -ery

Other words from hatchery

  • sub·hatch·er·y, noun, plural sub·hatch·er·ies.

Words Nearby hatchery

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How to use hatchery in a sentence

  • What a to-do they make when you approach their outdoor hatchery!

    Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • He began by dumping out into a worthless and landlocked bass-pond every brown trout in the hatchery.

    The Firing Line | Robert W. Chambers
  • Salmon have a peculiarity which makes it easy for the hatchery people.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol | Henry Harley Arnold
  • At the head of the lake is a hotel and a fish hatchery; no store, no factory, not even a Chautauqua.

    Days in the Open | Lathan A. Crandall
  • The female sun-fish (called, I believe, in England, the roach or bream) makes a "hatchery" for her eggs in this wise.

British Dictionary definitions for hatchery


/ (ˈhætʃərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
  1. a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions

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