One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US Military and Astronautics. A designated area on the ground or at sea within which recovery of a person, craft, etc., is to be effected, especially following a flight.
2Medicine. An area to which patients are brought to recover immediately after an operation; specifically = recovery room.
3Economics. An area of a country in which efforts are concentrated on economic recovery.
4Ecology (chiefly US). A region designated to enable an endangered or depleted species to recover in numbers.
1940s; earliest use found in Keith Wheeler (b. 1911). From recovery + area.
recovery area/rɪˈkʌv(ə)ri ˌɛːrɪə/
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