noun, plural nurseries.
a room or place set apart for young children.
a place where young trees or other plants are raised for transplanting, for sale, or for experimental study.
any place in which something is bred, nourished, or fostered: The art institute has been the nursery of much great painting.
any situation, condition, circumstance, practice, etc., serving to breed or foster something: Slums are nurseries for young criminals.

1350–1400; Middle English norcery. See nurse, -ery

prenursery, adjective, noun, plural prenurseries. Unabridged
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nursery (ˈnɜːsrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a.  a room in a house set apart for use by children
 b.  (as modifier): nursery wallpaper
2.  a place where plants, young trees, etc, are grown commercially
3.  an establishment providing residential or day care for babies and very young children; crèche
4.  short for nursery school
5.  anywhere serving to foster or nourish new ideas, etc
6.  billiards Also called: nursery cannon
 a.  a series of cannons with the three balls adjacent to a cushion, esp near a corner pocket
 b.  a cannon in such a series

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "breeding, nursing," from O.Fr. norture, from L.L. nutritia "a nursing, suckling," from L. nutrire "to nourish, suckle." Meaning "place or room for infants and young children and their nurse" is from 1499. As a type of school, 1581. Nursery rhyme is from 1832. Horticultural sense is from 1565.
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