migratory

[ mahy-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈmaɪ grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

adjective

periodically migrating: a migratory species; migratory workers.
pertaining to a migration:migratory movements of birds.
roving; nomadic; wandering.

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Sometimes mi·gra·tive.

Origin of migratory

First recorded in 1745–55; migrate + -ory1

OTHER WORDS FROM migratory

non·mi·gra·to·ry, adjectivepre·mi·gra·to·ry, adjectiveun·mi·gra·tive, adjectiveun·mi·gra·to·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for migratory

migratory
/ (ˈmaɪɡrətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by migration
nomadic; itinerant
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Scientific definitions for migratory

migratory
[ mīgrə-tôr′ē ]

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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