One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place set aside for swans to breed.
- ‘Now is the hatching time at Abbotsbury Swannery, the oldest swannery in the world.’
- ‘The swannery was built by Benedictine Monks in the 1040s and currently has around 600-700 swans who breed there.’
- ‘The swannery is open from May to September, 9: 30 A.M. to 4 P.M.; admission is $2.25.’
- ‘Sometimes cygnets would be captured in the wild and taken home to be fattened for the table, but many birds were kept in carefully tended swanneries within the grounds of monasteries or castles.’
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