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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 Most recently the region has been subject to vicious clashes between migratory herdsmen and local farmers primarily over land use. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "An Islamic State Christmas killing of 11 hostages in Nigeria threatens to flare up religious tensions," 28 Dec. 2019 The total North American whooping crane population is estimated to be 815, but the eastern migratory population, which summers and breeds in Wisconsin before traveling to Alabama or sometimes Georgia or Florida for the winter is just 85 birds. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Endangered whooping cranes are back at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge," 24 Dec. 2019 Florida, seen through Crowley’s eyes, is a migratory stopover for the most elite burglars and safe teams. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves," 17 Dec. 2019 This migratory pop-up by food industry veterans Marcelle and Christopher Yang is all about crafting a vision of Taiwanese cuisine and street food made from produce sourced primarily from Radical Family Farms in Sebastapol. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best new Bay Area pop-ups of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 Now, a comprehensive study of the unique and remarkably detailed data Willard amassed has shown that North American migratory bids have been getting smaller over the past four decades, and their wingspan wider. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Climate change could be making birds shrink in size, study finds," 4 Dec. 2019 The groups say the project will restore 3 miles of a migratory corridor that benefits alewife as well as sea lamprey and American eel. USA TODAY, "El Paso memorial, hogs by helicopter, trees for troops: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 Its shores provide homes to many migratory and sea birds, from the largest owl in the world - the endangered Blakiston's fish owl - to the heavy Steller's sea eagle. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 The researchers suggest that more modeling of timing, locations, and intensity of migratory responses to coastal flooding is needed to reduce potential harm to millions of people. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Rising Sea Levels Could Destroy These Coastal Cities by 2050, Threatening Hundreds of Millions," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Migratory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migratory. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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