Conservant

conservancy

[kuhn-sur-vuhn-see]
noun, plural conservancies.
1.
conservation of natural resources.
2.
an association dedicated to the protection of the environment and its resources.
3.
British. a commission regulating navigation, fisheries, etc.

Origin:
1550–60; < Medieval Latin conservantia (see conserve, -ancy); replacing conservacy < Medieval Latin conservātia; see -acy

conservant, adjective
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conservancy (kənˈsɜːvənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  (in Britain) a court or commission with jurisdiction over a river, port, area of countryside, etc
2.  another word for conservation

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conservancy
1755, "commission with jurisdiction over a port or river," from L. conservant-, prp. stem of conservare (see conserve); earlier was conservacy (mid-15c., Anglo-Fr. conservacie). Meaning "official preservation of undeveloped land" dates from 1859 (first reference is to protection
of bo trees in Ceylon).
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