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[ mahy-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]


  1. periodically migrating:

    a migratory species; migratory workers.

  2. pertaining to a migration:

    migratory movements of birds.

  3. roving; nomadic; wandering.


/ ˈmaɪɡrətərɪ; -trɪ /


  1. of, relating to, or characterized by migration
  2. nomadic; itinerant


/ grə-tôr′ē /

  1. Traveling from one place to another at regular times of year, often over long distances. Salmon, whales, and swallows are all migratory animals.

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Other Words From

  • non·migra·tory adjective
  • pre·migra·tory adjective
  • un·migra·tive adjective
  • un·migra·tory adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of migratory1

First recorded in 1745–55; migrate + -ory 1

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Example Sentences

Here, visitors can spot otters, foxes, deer, and hundreds of migratory bird species from a two-mile boardwalk through the park.

Monarch butterflies are found across North America in two migratory populations separated by the Rocky Mountains.

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, for example, grants a Bird Friendly certification to plantations with ample native tree cover and diversity, a boon for migratory birds.

That energy burn is roughly five times his resting metabolic rate, which is higher than most mammals and not far off migratory birds.

Thus, a thousand mile migratory trek would be out of the question.

Mayor Gardner noted that a lake that had served as a summer breeding ground for migratory cranes recently disappeared.

As a result, the water sank into the ground, prompting migratory cranes to issue calls of “grief and bewilderment.”

But it was also about the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, threatened by the flooding of the Great Salt Lake.

Demographic experts say Philadelphia is in the crosshairs of several unfortunate trends, both economic and migratory.

I have not been able to learn that the migratory flock above spoken of extended to any of the other Islands.

So probably its numbers are occasionally increased by migratory flocks in the winter.

These migratory hosts left a desert behind them, and they either gained a settlement or perished.

Yamba told me that there would have been no help for us had we been overtaken on foot by these migratory rodents.

The migratory birds are seen and heard flying northward by relays in hundreds of thousands.


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