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flyway

[flahy-wey]
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noun
  1. a route between breeding and wintering areas taken by concentrations of migrating birds.
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Origin of flyway

First recorded in 1890–95; fly1 + way1
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Examples from the Web for flyway

Historical Examples

  • Species which apparently use this flyway are listed in table 7.

    The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3

    Rollin H. Baker

  • Species which apparently use this flyway are named in table 6.

  • In 1952, Flyway Councils were formed in each of the four flyways.

    Ducks at a Distance

    Robert W. Hines

  • This flyway is probably the one which supplies to central and eastern Oceania the largest wintering populations of shore birds.

  • The term "flyway" has long been used to designate the migration routes of birds.

    Ducks at a Distance

    Robert W. Hines


Word Origin and History for flyway

n.

1891, originally of bird migration paths, from fly (v.1) + way (n.).

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