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[roo k-uh-ree] /ˈrʊk ə ri/
noun, plural rookeries.
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.
Origin of rookery
1715-25; rook1 + -ery Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rookery
  • At the end of their third week, having almost given up on living, they find the rookery.
  • Here, two females go nose-to-nose over a disputed bit of territory in a crowded rookery.
  • The only way you could find the center is if you could first locate the edge of the rookery.
  • Significantly, the coast around the lighthouse has become a well-known rookery for local elephant seals.
  • The account of their attempts to find the emperor penguin rookery is terrifying.
  • Soon they were swarming off the rookery by the dozens and circled our boat.
  • So are four dolphins, several sea otters and a rookery of penguins.
  • In order to standardize specific locations within a particular rookery, each rookery is divided into sections.
  • Some of the ponds serve as rookery sites while others are maintained as feeding areas.
  • See nesting bald eagles and the region's largest western gull rookery.
British Dictionary definitions for rookery


noun (pl) -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.

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