Nursery meaning

nûrsə-rē, nûrsrē
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A place where young trees or other plants are raised for experimental purposes, for transplanting, or for sale.
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Anything that nourishes, protects, develops, or fosters.
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A place where plants are grown for sale, transplanting, or experimentation.
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A place where parents may temporarily leave children with trained attendants.
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(rare) That which is nursed.
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A room or area in a household set apart for the use of children.
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A place in which something is produced, fostered, or developed.
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A place where nursing is carried on; as:
  • A room or area in a household set apart for the care of children; specifically in European countries.
  • A place where young trees, shrubs, vines, etc., are cultivated for transplanting; a plantation of young trees.
  • The place where anything is fostered and growth promoted.
  • A nursery school.
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That which forms and educates.

Commerce is the nursery of seamen.

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Origin of nursery

  • Middle English noricerie probably from Old French norricerie from norrice nursemaid nurse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • nurse + -ery

    From Wiktionary