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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's due to a quality-control problem in the troll hatchery.
  • Here's how they did it: the researchers took some fertilized eggs from a local hatchery and incubated them in a soundproof room.
  • It would require some engineering to incorporate such a system into a hatchery.
  • View kiwi conservation up close in the nocturnal house and at the hatchery.
  • The hatchery has a fish ladder that the salmon go through to get to their final destination.
  • But there is also a dolphin research center and a turtle hatchery.
  • Volunteers aid in building hatcheries, monitor the nests in the hatchery, patrol the beach and collect the eggs in the beach.
  • The river is a premier trout fishing site, and a trout hatchery is open to the public.
  • Launch a boat from one of two ramps at the park or visit the park's fish hatchery.
  • The chicks came as two-day-old orphans from the hatchery.
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.

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