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[nur-suh-ree] /ˈnɜr sə ri/

noun, plural nurseries.
a room or place set apart for young children.
a or .
a place where young trees or other plants are raised for transplanting, for sale, or for experimental study.
any place in which something is bred, nourished, or fostered:
The art institute has been the nursery of much great painting.
any situation, condition, circumstance, practice, etc., serving to breed or foster something:
Slums are nurseries for young criminals.
noun (pl) -ries

a place where plants, young trees, etc, are grown commercially
an establishment providing residential or day care for babies and very young children; crèche
short for nursery school
anywhere serving to foster or nourish new ideas, etc
(billiards) Also called nursery cannon


c.1400, “breeding, nursing,” from Old French norture, norreture “food, nourishment; education, training,” from Late Latin nutritia “a nursing, suckling,” from Latin nutrire “to nourish, suckle” (see nourish). Meaning “place or room for infants and young children and their nurse” is from c.1300. As a type of school, 1580s. Horticultural sense is from 1560s. Nursery rhyme is from 1832.


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