mi·​gra·​to·​ry | \ ˈmī-grə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce migratory (audio) \

Definition of migratory

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by migration

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Examples of migratory in a Sentence

most of the apple crop is picked by migratory workers migratory birds heading south for the winter
Recent Examples on the Web The coastal plain was filled with migratory birds and caribou. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Drilling for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Two Perspectives from Alaskan Outdoorsmen," 21 Dec. 2020 Light pollution from artificial sources at night disrupts how animals process their environment, and it's triggered crashes in insect populations, an uptick of migratory birds colliding into buildings and even changes in underwater ecosystems. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Light Pollution Is Causing Birds to Nest Earlier, Mitigating Some Effects of Climate Change," 21 Dec. 2020 For example, businesses could abandon the current practice of delaying construction and vegetation clearing in migratory bird habitat during the nesting season. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Trump administration takes aim at bird protection law that hit BP with $100 million oil spill fine," 1 Dec. 2020 The administration has continued to push the migratory bird regulation even after a federal judge in New York in August rejected the administration's legal rationale. Ellen Knickmeyer And Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections," 27 Nov. 2020 Some migratory birds linger for entire seasons, while others touch down for brief layovers on their journeys along one of the four flyways that stretch north to south across the United States. Washington Post, "A concise guide to birding in your own backyard," 11 Dec. 2020 The poaching of that animal is a state case (unless the game has federal protections, like migratory birds). Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Every Hunter Should Know What the Lacey Act Is, How It Works, and Why It’s On the Books," 2 Dec. 2020 One change that Trump wants to push through would restrict criminal prosecution for industries responsible for the deaths of the nation’s migratory birds. Matthew Brown, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pushes extensive rollbacks of environmental protections on his way out of the White House," 19 Nov. 2020 For migratory birds like the snow geese (pictured above), the last four years saw fewer protections. Ryan Rossotto, National Geographic, "Images to surprise and delight," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of migratory

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of migratory was in 1708

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29 Dec 2020

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“Migratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migratory. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of migratory

: moving from one place to another at different times of the year : migrating regularly


mi·​gra·​to·​ry | \ ˈmī-grə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce migratory (audio) \

Kids Definition of migratory

1 : moving from one place to another migratory workers migratory birds
2 : of or relating to migration a bird's migratory route

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