fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Definition of flyway

: an established air route of migratory birds

Examples of flyway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Central Park is also a major migration flyway for many bird species in springtime, which bring an additional group of temporary and exciting passersby. Julia M. Zichello, Scientific American, 3 May 2021 In Hong Kong, where Banyan resides, wetlands and mudflats at Mai Po are of global importance—a crucial pitstop along the flyway. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2020 The barley fields draw every type of waterfowl that uses the Interior flyway. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2021 Mallards have been breeding out black ducks in the Atlantic flyway for some time now (the black duck population has been in decline since the mid-1900s). Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 The plan addresses conservation issues across a flyway that spans 120 degrees of latitude from northeastern Russia and the northwestern United States to southern Chile. Rebecca Mcguire, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2021 Partnerships exist between countries and entities working in the countries within each flyway around the globe. Rebecca Mcguire, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2021 In a show of strength, nearly 40 Chinese warplanes have crossed the two countries’ median line in the Taiwan Strait (right on the flyway). The Economist, 26 Sep. 2020 Located along the Atlantic migratory flyway, the area’s beaches, forests and bays see a wide variety of birds, including raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of flyway

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Flyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Kids Definition of flyway

: a route regularly followed by migratory birds

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