Definition of roost in English:



  • A place where birds regularly settle or congregate to rest at night, or where bats congregate to rest in the day.

    • ‘Shadows fluttered against the sunset as a few late birds fluttered to their roosts in the trees.’
    • ‘Other ecological issues raised include the loss of hedgerows, bat roosts and habitats/feeding sites for various other species of birds and animals of conservation concern…’
    • ‘Before anyone else could say anything, the door burst open and the birds all screeched and flew to the top of the roost.’
    • ‘Vandals have destroyed entire colonies in minutes, and urban expansion has eliminated thousands of natural roosts in caves and forests.’
    • ‘We hope the future will be one of plentiful, continuous, and widespread resources and undisturbed roosts for the welfare of our shared bat species, ecosystems, and ecological processes.’
    • ‘Turkeys will change roost locations depending on where they stopped feeding for the day, but sometimes they will return to the same roost locations.’
    • ‘Winter roost sites used by between 20 and 40 bald eagles were damaged; in all, 40 animal and plant species in the immediate area saw their habitat damaged or destroyed by the fire.’
    • ‘A bald eagle glides by en route to its evening roost on the branch of a cottonwood tree.’
    • ‘Birds with permanent roosts became the couple's rather more distant but equally delightful acquaintances.’
    • ‘They are highly social birds, often gathering in the evenings, except during nesting season, in large roosts that sometimes harbor hundreds of birds.’
    • ‘He couldn't wait to get back to school so that he could tell his friends all about the bat roost in his house.’
    • ‘I heard a gobbler come out of its roost to join the birds welcoming in the dawn.’
    • ‘As the booms and bangs from the fireworks continued, thousands of startled birds, awoken prematurely from their roosts beneath bridges and enclaves in nearby buildings, dived and swerved to avoid the onlookers.’
    • ‘Evening counts of bats leaving the roosts ranged from 4 to 120 bats (probably more than one species roosted together).’
    • ‘What would happen if a blackbird laid two eggs, one ending up in a condor's roost while the other lands in a human's egg basket?’
    • ‘High concentrations of the organism can be found in bird roosts, caves inhabited by bats, school yards, areas with rotten or decaying wood, and chicken coops.’
    • ‘Bats are generally faithful to their roosts and a colony may use the same site year after year.’
    • ‘Chickens looked down on us from their roost in the branches of a mango tree.’
    • ‘In non-breeding season, starlings form large flocks capable of much noise and, well, let's just say you don't want to park your car under one of their roosts.’
    • ‘A great place to observe crows is at their winter roosts, which may range in size from hundreds or thousands to more than a million birds.’
    pole, rod, branch, roost, rest, resting place
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  • (of a bird or bat) settle or congregate for rest or sleep.

    ‘migrating martins and swallows were settling to roost’
    • ‘Birds roosted in the gables and in the huge old trees around the property.’
    • ‘And everyone understands how it feels to watch birds coming in to roost as a sky darkens.’
    • ‘Our turkeys roost on our roof - and we do see tracks - huge ones!’
    • ‘At night, they feed on the birds as they roost or nest.’
    • ‘All the big trees that the bats are roosting on now are to be covered by nets to prevent birds from flying out of the new aviary.’
    • ‘Besides a house and a tool shed, the other building on their small acreage was a chicken coop where the egg-laying hens roosted.’
    • ‘It talks about how many acres of wetlands it preserves, the biodiversity studies it funds, or the endangered species that roost on its properties.’
    • ‘The birds roosted in contaminated buildings and then flew through holes in the roofs to a garden in a nearby village where they were fed by bird-lovers.’
    • ‘It is a great feeling to see the birds roosting, the bees gathering honey… We follow the bee's path.’
    • ‘I hesitated outside, listening to the spooky sounds of the pigeons roosting under the roof, but my dinner companions called me a coward and yanked open the door.’
    • ‘Faced with the blank white page, I tried to visualize the knoll where I sat, gazing across a broad area of the river to a point where some birds were roosting.’
    • ‘The young bird either roosts with its parents, perched in between them, or by itself some distance away.’
    • ‘Some of them roost so very close together, and other birds like the curlews like roosting about a metre apart.’
    • ‘Pigeons that roost in this 16th century temple have been hit by a mysterious disease, killing more than 2,000 of them in one week.’
    • ‘The eagles tend to roost in huge ponderosas in northeast-facing canyons among the hills that dot Wyoming's mile-high prairies.’
    • ‘He spread his wings and flew to a tree, roosting on a branch.’
    • ‘During winter, these birds roost and forage on beaches, dunes, and sandy and muddy flats of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.’
    • ‘A great winter flock of starlings roosted in the trees around the clearing.’
    • ‘Flocks of pigeons, disturbed from where they roosted on nests built seemingly in every available nook carved into the stone archways above, exploded into the air and began circling the towers in a sweeping rush of wings.’
    • ‘Many birds like to feed in open areas but need protective cover to roost, nest, and raise their young.’
    land, come down, come to rest, touch down, light, arrive, descend
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Old English hrōst, related to Dutch roest; of unknown ultimate origin.