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migratory

[mahy-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈmaɪ grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
2.
periodically migrating:
a migratory species; migratory workers.
3.
pertaining to a migration:
migratory movements of birds.
4.
roving; nomadic; wandering.
Also, migrative.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; migrate + -ory1
Related forms
nonmigratory, adjective
premigratory, adjective
unmigrative, adjective
unmigratory, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for migrative

migratory

/ˈmaɪɡrətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by migration
2.
nomadic; itinerant
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Word Origin and History for migrative

migratory

adj.

1753, from Latin migrat-, past participle stem of migrare "to movefrom one place to another" (see migration) + -ory.

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migrative in Science
migratory
  (mī'grə-tôr'ē)   
Traveling from one place to another at regular times of year, often over long distances. Salmon, whales, and swallows are all migratory animals.
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