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  1. Also lo·co·mo·to·ry. of, relating to, or affecting locomotion.
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  1. a person or thing that is capable of locomotion.
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Origin of locomotor

First recorded in 1815–25; see origin at locomotive, motor
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Examples from the Web for locomotory

Historical Examples of locomotory

  • But of the locomotory, to which we ourselves belong, we can tell more.

    Across the Plains

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • This, of course, is restricted to articulations of the locomotory apparatus.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix

  • They have no need of the power of locomotion, and accordingly are usually without wings, legs, or other locomotory organs.

  • But, if the locomotory pads grip only on one side, progress becomes impossible.

  • Planula, plan′ū-la, n. the locomotory embryo of the cœlenterates.

British Dictionary definitions for locomotory


  1. of or relating to locomotion
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Word Origin for locomotor

C19: from Latin locō from a place, ablative of locus place + motor (mover)
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Word Origin and History for locomotory



1822, from Latin loco "from a place" (ablative of locus "place") + motor.

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locomotory in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to movement from one place to another.
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