[roo k-uh-ree]

noun, plural rook·er·ies.

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.


Nearby words

  1. rooibos,
  2. rooibos tea,
  3. rooikat,
  4. rooinek,
  5. rook,
  6. rookie,
  7. rooky,
  8. room,
  9. room and board,
  10. room clerk

Origin of rookery

First recorded in 1715–25; rook1 + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rookery


noun plural -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
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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

Science definitions for rookery



A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.
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