locomotory

adjective

lo·​co·​mo·​to·​ry ˌlō-kə-ˈmō-tə-rē How to pronounce locomotory (audio)
1
: locomotor
locomotory appendages
2
: capable of moving independently from place to place
locomotory animals

Examples of locomotory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In response to decreasing barometric pressure, male beetles exhibited decreased locomotory activity in a Y-tube olfactometer with female pheromone extracts. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2013 But even amongst these exceptions, a triskelion animal with three locomotory limbs, has never appeared. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 18 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of locomotory was circa 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Locomotory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locomotory. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

locomotory

adjective
lo·​co·​mo·​to·​ry ˌlō-kə-ˈmōt-ə-rē How to pronounce locomotory (audio)
1
: locomotor
parasites without locomotory organs
2
: capable of moving independently from place to place
small locomotory animals
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