Definition of drey in English:



  • The nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs in a tree.

    • ‘We'll be together in our bear's cave, and our squirrel's drey, and we'll live on honey, and nuts, and we'll sing songs about ourselves - about warm trees and snug caves, and lying in the sun.’
    • ‘At another site it was decided to remove a grey squirrel from its winter drey.’
    • ‘The red squirrel's home is a drey, which is a hollow ball made of twigs and leaves in a fork amongst the branches close to the trunk of a tree.’
    • ‘The Siberian flying squirrel is a nocturnal arboreal rodent, which nests in tree cavities, twig dreys, and nest-boxes.’
    • ‘They rear their young in stick nests or ‘dreys’, are less active in winter, and do not hibernate or bury nuts as winter store.’
    lair, sett, earth, lodge, burrow, hole, tunnel, cave, dugout, hollow, covert, shelter, hiding place, hideout
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Early 17th century: of unknown origin.