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Nursery, 1) the apartment where young children are nursed and brought up: “from their n. were stolen,” Cymb. I, 1, 59.
2) tender care and attendance: “I loved her most and thought to set my rest on her kind n.” Lr. I, 1, 126.
3) that which brings up or engenders something: “fair Padua, n. of arts,” Shr. I, 1, 2. “it well may serve a n. to our gentry,” All's I, 2, 16 (a school of war). “must or now be cropped, or, shedding, breed a n. of like evil,” Troil. I, 3, 319.
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