Definition of rookery in English:



  • 1A breeding colony of rooks, typically seen as a collection of nests high in a clump of trees.

    • ‘However, the people actually had rooks and a rookery.’
    • ‘Rooks are the harbingers of spring and many people would love to have a rookery nearby, as we have at Penpergwm.’
    • ‘The reason for the desertion wasn't difficult to find: a pair of Buzzards had decided that the old rookery was an ideal place for them to nest!’
    • ‘If a bird misbehaved itself such as claim or take over another bird's nest in the rookery the general body intervened and that bird was sentenced to isolation and had to go and live on a tree apart from the rest.’
    1. 1.1A breeding colony of seabirds (especially penguins), seals, or turtles.
      • ‘We also expect to see abundant turtles, as the Lacepedes are Western Australia's largest green turtle rookery.’
      • ‘Warning bells went off for locals in the 1970s after a deluge of visitors discovered the elephant seal rookery.’
      • ‘Landings offer everything from a couple of hours on the beach studying penguins or you can take a brisk walk, wander over to a rookery, learn more from the experts about the wildlife or terrain or just sit taking it all in.’
      • ‘This bounty still lures millions of sea birds from rookeries across the Pacific Ocean.’
      • ‘After watching a tapir feed on the algae covering a lagoon, Paula led us to a giant egret rookery, where the twilight screamed like a million soccer fans.’
      • ‘He speaks about penguins having to cease making their rookeries and nests when the wind gusts are really strong.’
      • ‘Pinnipeds and cetaceans make long-distance seasonal migrations to rookeries (breeding grounds) or warm-water birthing grounds.’
      • ‘Instead of visiting the rookery, we'd stopped at a nearby site where a few dozen nonbreeding (juvenile and nondominant male) sea lions were hauled out.’
      • ‘One mile south of the lighthouse is Oregon's only sea-lion rookery home to many California and Steller sea lions.’
      • ‘Between nursing intervals, the mother leaves the pup in the crowded rookery as she searches for food in the ocean.’
      • ‘The picture on the television was of a sunny rock slope emerging from blue waters, with sea lions at rest on the rookery and swimming through the light swells at its edge.’
      • ‘This is the largest rookery in the world for the critically endangered species and half a million turtles nest here every winter.’
      • ‘Although the summer's overall count indicated the sea lion decline was continuing, a survey of 11 major rookeries, including the three I'd passed on my ferry trip, found roughly the same number of pups as the last survey, two years before.’
      • ‘Gulls and terns were gradually but steadily replenishing the guano that had once been shovelled away, and a cloud of them rose protesting over the adventurers as they approached their rookeries.’
      • ‘It turns out that he has a particular fondness for penguins, and has taken it upon himself to create a rookery for them.’
  • 2A dense collection of housing, especially in a slum area.

    • ‘Tenements, rookeries, and cheap rooming districts exercised a huge symbolic power over the public imagination as centres of vice, squalor, drunkenness, traffic in sex and stolen goods, and general depravity.’