One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(The name of) any of various official organizations, especially in Great Britain (from 1949 to 1973) and the United States, responsible for the conservation and study of flora and fauna and the natural environment (with capital initials).
1940s; earliest use found in The Times. From nature + conservancy.
nature conservancy/ˌneɪtʃə kənˈsəːvnsi/
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