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natatorial

or natatory

[ney-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, nat-uh- or ney-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-, nat-uh-] /ˌneɪ təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌnæt ə- or ˈneɪ təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr-, ˈnæt ə-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, adapted for, or characterized by swimming:
natatorial birds.
Origin of natatorial
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; natat(ion) + -orial
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  • And yet 'this natatory art' is but little cultivated amongst us.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • I had confidence enough in my natatory powers to make me easy on that score.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • About the degree of your natatory powers we needn't dispute.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The eyes were probably stalked, the antennae and mandibles biramous and natatory, and both armed with masticatory processes.

  • They are free and natatory when young, but in the adult state attached to rocks or some floating substance.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • In this family a great number of natatory vesicles are connected with the terminal arial vesicle, as in Fig. 101, Praya diphys.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • They have four short legs, of which the hinder have toes, united by a natatory membrane, and only three claws to each foot.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Confident in his natatory powers, he had at first believed this feat to be not only possible, but probable and easy.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Its exact position likewise varies, for it arises either between the first or second pairs of natatory legs.

  • In this fig. 3, it may be observed that the natatory legs and caudal appendages of the pupa have not as yet been moulted.

British Dictionary definitions for natatory

natatory

/nəˈteɪtərɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to swimming
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin natātōrius, from natāre to swim
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Word Origin and History for natatory

natatorial

adj.

1816, from natatory (adj.), from Latin natatorius, from natator "swimmer" (see natatorium) + -al.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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