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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Verde is also a critical flyway for migratory birds and a nesting site for bald eagles. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 The virus, which can cause high mortality in poultry flocks, is the same strain that has been confirmed in other states and wild birds in the Atlantic flyway, according to the state Agriculture Department news release. Cristina Larue, Arkansas Online, 8 Oct. 2022 The African-Eurasian flyway, the flight corridor for birds that travel south through the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert for the winter, harbors over 2,600 sites for migrating birds. Wanjohi Kabukuru,, 20 Aug. 2022 But in December and again in January, high-path H5N1 was found in farms in Newfoundland, at the top of the migratory flyway that sweeps down the US coast. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 24 Jan. 2022 That is the same flyway that crosses over the Carolinas, where the virus-carrying ducks were caught—and also over the more than 1 billion chickens grown each year in Georgia, the most poultry-dense state in the US. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 24 Jan. 2022 Now, the billions of birds flying through the city — a major migratory flyway — are viable candidates to be followed through their life cycles, said Edward Warden, president of the Chicago Ornithological Society. Morgan Greene,, 13 Jan. 2022 With San Antonio being on the central flyway for neotropical migratory birds, 95% of birds flying north to south pass through this area on their way to warmer weather for the winter each year. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Jan. 2022 The Delta is still home to more than 750 native species, the largest stop for migrating birds on the Pacific flyway and a major agricultural hub, with asparagus, pears, almonds, wine grapes and livestock all benefiting from its fertile soil. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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

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