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rookery (plural rookeries)
- A colony of breeding birds or other animals.
- A crowded tenement.
- (Britain) A place where criminals congregate, often an area of a town or city.
- 1980, Jerry White, Rothschild Buildings: life in an East End tenement block, 1887-1920, page 128:
- The Flower and Dean St rookery had been home to many of those who lived at least partly by street crime.
- 1995, Cyrille Fijnaut, Changes in Society, Crime and Criminal Justice in Europe:
- These rookeries sustained criminal social systems that provided schooling in crime for the young and newcomers.
- 1998, Stephen Inwood; Roy Porter, A History of London, page 522:
- In the Victorian imagination, crime and the criminal class were always associated with rookeries, the dense slum areas in which criminals were said to live.