conservatory[kən sʉr′və tôr′ē]
Origin: < ModL & It: ModL conservatorium, a greenhouse < ML, a preserver < LL, neut. of conservatorius, preserving < conservatus, pp. of conservare; It conservatorio, a refuge, academy, conservatory < conservare < L: see conserve
noun pl. conservatories
- a room enclosed in glass, for growing and showing plants; noncommercial greenhouse
- a school, or academy, of the fine arts, specif. of music
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noun pl. con·ser·va·to·ries
- A greenhouse, especially one in which plants are arranged aesthetically for display, as at a botanical garden.
- A school of music or dramatic art.