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[hach-uh-ree] /ˈhætʃ ə ri/
noun, plural hatcheries.
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
1875-80; hatch1 + -ery
Related forms
subhatchery, noun, plural subhatcheries. Unabridged
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  • It has been questioned whether the present hatchery on the Clackamas River actually receives the quinnat salmon in any numbers.

  • I've a hatchery there and the State lets me have a man in exchange for free fry.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • Neither Bill nor Bob had ever seen a hatchery before and immediately began asking questions.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol Henry Harley Arnold
  • Salmon have a peculiarity which makes it easy for the hatchery people.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol Henry Harley Arnold
  • When I arrived here I had made up my mind to fire the poet and arrange for the hatchery and patrol.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • We saved the other buildings, but the hatchery is a mass of smoldering ruins.

    Cordwood Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
  • Brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) inhabited a combination garage-storage barn at the hatchery and no wood rats were taken there.

  • On another occasion some men were sent over the mountain from headquarters to put out a fire about a half mile from The hatchery.

    Camps and Trails Henry Abbott
  • The cost of operation will involve cost of chicks at hatchery, purchased feed, seed for ground, and feed for team.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • Of course, by using a hatchery a large number of the eggs will be saved, ninety per cent.

    Amateur Fish Culture Charles Edward Walker
British Dictionary definitions for hatchery


noun (pl) -eries
a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions
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Word Origin and History for hatchery

1880, from hatch (v.1) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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