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Drey \Drey\, n. A squirrel's nest. See Dray. [Obs.]


alt. (context British English) A squirrel’s nest, built of twigs in a tree. n. (context British English) A squirrel’s nest, built of twigs in a tree.


n. the nest of a squirrel


A drey — or dray — is a nest of a tree squirrel or a flying squirrel. Dreys are usually built of twigs, dry leaves, and grass, and typically assembled in the forks of a tall tree. They are sometimes referred to as “drey nests” to distinguish them from squirrel “cavity nests” (also termed “dens”). In temperate regions, dreys become much more visible in the autumn, when leaf-fall reveals new nests built the previous summer or in early fall.

A favoured site for a drey is a tree crotch about above ground level. Squirrels may also nest in attics or exterior walls of buildings, where a drey may be regarded as a fire hazard, as some squirrels have a habit of gnawing on electrical cables. At other times, squirrels may inhabit a permanent tree den in the hollow of a trunk or large branch.

Usage examples of "drey".

Drey guided them toward a cluster of newgrowth two hundred feet above the road, Raifs stomach muscles began to clench.

Three summers ago he and Drey had come across a pair of elk carcasses at the foot of the balds: bodies head to head, torsos picked clean, antlers locked together so surely that neither animal had been able to free itself from the other's hold.

Two summers ago Drey and Rory Gleet had returned from a ten-day hunting trip to the balds doubled up with cramps and indigestion.

Then, as Raif and Drey stood on the ridge, side by side, breathless, their exposed faces cooling in the sleety air, the troop of two dozen parted and through their midst, wearing a cloak made of black wolf fur that rippled in the wind like a living, breathing thing, rode Mace Blackhail high atop Dagro Blackhail's blue roan.

Drey and several other hammermen adjusted the straps on their hammer slings for ease of draw.

It made him think of everything, it made him think of Drey and Ihona and Fejh and Pomeroy, of the bones under the railroad tracks.

She didn't need her lore to tell her that Raif would never raise a hand against Drey.

Drey held his position as he watched the three men scramble over the wet gravel and storm-greased rocks along the shore.

Several yearmen, Drey included, began pummeling their fists against the bench.

Drey, who, if Raina Blackhail hadn't spoken up at the meeting before the yearmen had had chance to pledge their weapons, would have gladly laid his hammer at Mace Blackhail's feet.

Drey was solid, dependable, and he possessed none of the rash cockiness that took most yearmen five or more years to overcome.

All five of them were yearmen: Bullhammer, Bitty Shank, Craw Bannering, Drey, and himself.