/rook"euh ree/, n., pl. rookeries.
1. a breeding place or colony of gregarious birds or animals, as penguins and seals.
2. a colony of rooks.
3. a place where rooks congregate to breed.
4. a crowded tenement house.
[1715-25; ROOK1 + -ERY]

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  • rookery — colony of rooks, 1725, from ROOK (Cf. rook) + ERY (Cf. ery) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rookery — ► NOUN (pl. rookeries) 1) a breeding colony of rooks, typically a collection of nests high in a clump of trees. 2) a breeding colony of seabirds (especially penguins), seals, or turtles …   English terms dictionary

  • rookery — [rook′ər ē] n. pl. rookeries 1. a breeding place or colony of rooks 2. a breeding place or colony of other gregarious birds or animals, as penguins or seals 3. Now Rare a crowded tenement house or tenement district; esp., a slum …   English World dictionary

  • Rookery — A rookery is a colony of breeding animals. The term is most commonly applied to the nesting place of birds, such as the crow and rook, a bird similar to the crow, but smaller. The term is also used to describe the breeding grounds of the penguin… …   Wikipedia

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  • rookery — UK [ˈrʊkərɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms rookery : singular rookery plural rookeries a group of nests made by rooks or other birds that live together …   English dictionary

  • rookery — noun (plural eries) Date: circa 1712 1. a. the nests or breeding place of a colony of rooks; also a colony of rooks b. a breeding ground or haunt especially of gregarious birds or mammals (as penguins or seals); also a colony of such birds or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rookery — noun a) A colony of breeding birds or other animals. b) A crowded tenement …   Wiktionary

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