Definition of Migratory

1. Adjective. Used of animals that move seasonally. "Migratory birds"

Derivative terms: Migrate
Antonyms: Nonmigratory

2. Adjective. Habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work. "Migratory workers"
Exact synonyms: Migrant
Similar to: Unsettled
Derivative terms: Migrate, Migrate, Migrate

Definition of Migratory

1. a. Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds.

Definition of Migratory

1. Adjective. (context: of birds etc) that migrate ¹

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Definition of Migratory

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Migratory

1. 1. Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds. 2. Hence, roving; wandering; nomad; as, migratory habits; a migratory life. Migratory locust, the American robin. See Robin. Origin: Cf. F. Migratoire. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Migratory

migrating abscess
migrating teeth
migration-inhibitory factor
migration-inhibitory factor test
migration inhibition test
migration of ovum
migration route
migration theory
migratory (current term)
migratory cell
migratory locust
migratory pneumonia
migratory quail

Literary usage of Migratory

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1. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"The federal protection of all migratory birds. 2.—The total suppression of the sale of native wild game. 3.—The Mai suppression of spring shooting and of ..."

2. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1863)
"migratory, rather rare ; insectivorous. " May be occasionally seen for an hour at ... migratory, common ; insectivorous. Very active in searching for their ..."

3. An Authentic History of Lancaster County: In the State of Pennsylvania by Jacob Isidor Mombert (1869)
"migratory, spring and autumn; becoming less frequent, yearly. 214. ... Common; migratory, spring and early autumn. Sp'm' No. 121, Mus. Linn. Soc. Lane. 220. ..."

4. Compiled Statutes of the United States, 1913: Embracing the Statutes of the by United States, John Allan Mallory (1914)
"(1) migratory game and insectivorous birds protected; taking or destruction prohibited. All wild geese, wild swans, brant, wild ducks, snipe, plover, ..."

5. Transactions of the Annual Meetings of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science, Kansas Academy of Science Meeting (1896)
"migratory; abundant . A few remain during the winter. 35. ... migratory; not common. Have seen them only in autumn migration. *48. Porzana Carolina (Linn. ..."

6. Physics of the Air by William Jackson Humphreys (1920)
"The great majority of extra- tropical cyclonic storms are migratory, ... Tentative Hypothesis of the Origin and Maintenance of migratory Cyclones. ..."

7. Immigration and Labor: The Economic Aspects of European Immigration to the by Isaac Aaronovich Hourwich (1922)
"(See Dia- gram X.) The fluctuating character of the coal-mining industry produces a migratory type of mine worker. To the old employee, however, ..."

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