from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sheltered place, especially a greenhouse, used for the cultivation of orange trees in cool climates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A greenhouse in which orange trees are grown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place for raising oranges; a plantation of orange trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place where oranges are cultivated; particularly, a glass house for preserving orange-trees during winter.
  • n. A kind of snuff.
  • n. A perfume.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a place where oranges are grown; a plantation of orange trees in warm climes or a greenhouse in cooler areas


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  • Frindley, you ought to check out some of John's recent blog posts if you haven't already. You'll find enough interesting shelving to keep you happy for quite a while. :-)

    April 11, 2008

  • When I get my library (completely lined with floor to ceiling bookshelves, even over the door and windows, and provided with one of those nifty sliding library ladders) I would like an orangery to go with it.

    April 11, 2008