natatorial

or na·ta·to·ry

[ 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

pertaining to, adapted for, or characterized by swimming: natatorial birds.

Origin of natatorial

First recorded in 1810–20; natat(ion) + -orial
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natatorial


adj.

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

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