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 Read about migratory birds from the National Museum of Natural History – and build your own binoculars. USA TODAY, "Parents: Download the free summer activity guide from the Smithsonian and USA TODAY," 29 June 2020 The desert locust is among the most destructive of migratory pests because of its speed and ability to multiply rapidly. Tara John, CNN, "New Delhi on high alert after desert locusts swarm through neighboring Gurgaon," 27 June 2020 Energy leasing is currently limited to 11.8 million acres after the Obama administration in 2013 withdrew roughly half of the reserve from development, on the grounds that certain areas provide habitat for caribou, migratory birds, and polar bears. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: More reason for oil companies to worry about latest round of climate lawsuits," 26 June 2020 The report will be given by Taylor Finger, migratory bird specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sandhill crane population and management issues on tap for NRB meeting," 20 June 2020 Highways and other human developments also thwart migratory movement. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Floppy-nosed antelope has baby boom, raising hope for critically endangered species," 19 June 2020 The importance of fatty acids and lipids for migratory bird success is a crucial discovery. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Slimy Mudflat Biofilms Feed Migratory Birds—and Could Be Threatened," 17 June 2020 As the salmon runs petered out, migratory birds winged south, and the bears retreated into the mountains in preparation for their long winter sleep. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, "The Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest is Vital for Both Hunters and Brown Bears," 16 June 2020 Desert locusts are a migratory pest from the grasshopper family. NBC News, "A plague amid a pandemic: East Africa, West Asia combat surging locust outbreak," 31 Mar. 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Migratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/migratory. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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