granary

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Borrowed from Latin grānārium (16th century). Equivalent to grain +‎ -ary. Doublet of garner.

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granary (plural granaries or (obsolete) granarys)

  1. (agriculture) A storage facility for grain or sometimes animal feed.
    • 1837, George Sand, Stanley Young, transl., Mauprat[1], Cassandra Editions, published 1977, →ISBN, page 237:
      For a long time the dormouse and polecat had seemed to him overfeeble enemies for his restless valour, even as the granary floor seemed to afford too narrow a field. Every day he read the papers of the previous day in the servants' hall of the houses he visited, and it appeared to him that this war in America, which was hailed as the awakening of the spirit of liberty and justice in the New World, ought to produce a revolution in France.
  2. (figurative) A fertile, grain-growing region.

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