con·ser·va·to·ry /kənˈsɝvəˌtori, ˌtɔr-/
Con·serv·a·to·ry a. Having the quality of preserving from loss, decay, or injury.
1. That which preserves from injury. [Obs.] “A conservatory of life.”
2. A place for preserving anything from loss, decay, waste, or injury; particulary, a greenhouse for preserving exotic or tender plants.
3. A public place of instruction, designed to preserve and perfect the knowledge of some branch of science or art, esp. music.
n 1: the faculty and students of a school specializing in one of
the fine arts
2: a schoolhouse with special facilities for fine arts [syn: conservatoire]
3: a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing
manner [syn: hothouse, indoor garden]