Con*serv"a*to*ry (?), a. [Cf. F. conservatoire, LL. conservatorius.]

Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury.


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Con*serv"a*to*ry, n. [Cf. F. conservatoire, LL. conservatorium.]


That which preserves from injury.

[Obs.] "A conservatory of life."

Jer. Taylor.


A place for preserving anything from loss, decay, waste, or injury; particulary, a greenhouse for preserving exotic or tender plants.


A public place of instruction, designed to preserve and perfect the knowledge of some branch of science or art, esp. music.


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