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- /


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

Origin of natatorial

First recorded in 1810–20; natat(ion) + -orial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for natatory


natatorial (ˌnætəˈtɔːrɪəl, ˌneɪtəˈtɔːrɪəl)

/ (nəˈteɪtərɪ) /


of or relating to swimming

Word Origin for natatory

C18: from Late Latin natātōrius, from natāre to swim
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