fly·​way ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio)
: an established air route of migratory birds

Examples of flyway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This busy flyway is where Tyburec led a group of biologists from around the country and Canada during a night of trapping and listening for 20 or so of the species that fly the Chiricahuas. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Shorebirds fly thousands of miles each year along ancient and largely unknown migratory routes called flyways. Bob Hirshon, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2024 But for more than a decade, this highly problematic virus was not found in the Americas, which seemed to support another piece of flu dogma: Flu viruses found in birds that traveled in the migratory flyways that spanned Eurasia did not make their way to the flyways of the Americas. Helen Branswell, STAT, 9 May 2024 What is the Mississippi River flyway, and which birds use it? Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2024 Try the Raptor Resource Project's Mississippi River flyway cam, positioned on Lake Onalaska, or the National Eagle Center's Eaglewatch cam, overlooking the river in Wabasha, Minnesota. Journal Sentinel, 28 Feb. 2024 However, the bulk of the species calls the Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic flyways home. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2023 Before styling hair, opt for a nourishing hair serum like the Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Anti-Frizz Serum that will smooth away any flyways and keep hair looking shiny. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2023 Walnut hatched in 1981 at Wisconsin’s International Crane Foundation, which provides a kind of genetic repository for crane species, while working to protect land and flyways for them. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flyway was in 1891

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“Flyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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fly·​way -ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio)
: an established air route of birds that migrate

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