[pis-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


of or relating to fishermen or fishing: a piscatory treaty.
devoted to or dependent upon fishing: a piscatory people; piscatory birds.

Also pis·ca·to·ri·al [pis-kuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌpɪs kəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/.

Origin of piscatory

1625–35; < Latin piscātōrius, equivalent to piscā(rī) to fish (see piscator) + -tōrius -tory1
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British Dictionary definitions for piscatorial


piscatory (ˈpɪskətərɪ, -trɪ)


of or relating to fish, fishing, or fishermen
devoted to fishing
Derived Formspiscatorially, adverb

Word Origin for piscatorial

C19: from Latin piscātōrius, from piscātor fisherman
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Word Origin and History for piscatorial

1750, from piscatory + -ial.



1630s, from Latin piscatorius "of fishermen," from piscator "fisherman," from piscari "to fish," from pisces "a fish" (see fish (n.)).

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