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 Izembek Lagoon holds one of the world’s largest beds of eelgrass, a rich food source for Pacific brant geese, endangered Steller’s eider sea ducks and other migratory birds. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 Chicago’s skyline — a landscape dominated by glass superstructures situated on one of the continent’s busiest flyways — is the most dangerous metropolitan area in the contiguous U.S. for migratory birds. Tatyana Turner, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2022 In areas where bird flu is detected, producers are sheltering ducks and geese to ensure that there is no contamination with migratory birds. Xu Xiaofei, CNN, 7 May 2022 Learn about migratory birds by checking out local events on World Migratory Bird Day. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 5 May 2022 There’s also a 223-foot-long mural by artist Jane Kim that shows the year-long transformation of the area’s migratory birds, whose plumage changes seasonally to attract mates. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 21 Apr. 2022 Tule Lake is home to two endangered fish and serves as a critical stopover for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, Kurtis Alexander writes for the San Francisco Chronicle. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The homeowner who caters to these migratory visitors will enjoy endless hours of nature’s delight. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 At each point in the migratory chain, only a subset of the population chose to move on. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of migratory

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Migratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migratory. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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