In a nursery, you're going to find a lot of growth — and either babies or plants.

The word nurse is a clue to the meaning of nursery: nurses take care of people, and a nursery is a place of caretaking. One kind of nursery is for babies: it's a child's room with a crib and lots of baby toys. The other kind of nursery is for plants: this type of nursery usually has glass walls and a roof, plus everything plants need to be healthy. Nurseries keep plants or babies safe so they can grow.

Definitions of nursery
  1. noun
    a child's room for a baby
    synonyms: baby's room
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    day care center, day nursery
    a nursery for the supervision of preschool children while the parents work
    type of:
    child's room
    a bedroom for a child
  2. noun
    a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
    synonyms: glasshouse, greenhouse
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    conservatory, hothouse, indoor garden
    a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
    a place where oranges are grown; a plantation of orange trees in warm climes or a greenhouse in cooler areas
    type of:
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
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