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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for rookery
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  • The polished wood-paneled rookery Hotel calls itself “Soho in the East” and frankly, that undersells it.

    Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt November 20, 2009
Historical Examples
  • Once they are in the rookery, however, different conditions obtain.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The proximity of a rookery does not affect all people alike.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • The second desire is, naturally, to get away from the model dwelling, even if it should lead a man back to the rookery.

    What's Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton
  • Navigators have agreed in calling an assemblage of such encampments a rookery.

  • All day these floes, often crowded to their utmost capacity, would float past the rookery.

    Antarctic Penguins George Murray Levick
  • Our rookery was in the middle swamp a day inland from Talimeco, safe and secret.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • There isn't a sea-catch on the rookery that hasn't had from ten to twenty fights already this year.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The question is, how we shall be able to find him in this rookery of a place.

  • If a nest is blown down the birds go to work in the precincts of the rookery, but never touch the rooks' sticks.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rookery in Science
A place where certain birds or animals, such as crows, penguins, and seals, gather to breed.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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