premigratory

migratory

[mahy-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
2.
periodically migrating: a migratory species; migratory workers.
3.
pertaining to a migration: migratory movements of birds.
4.
roving; nomadic; wandering.
Also, migrative.


Origin:
1745–55; migrate + -ory1

nonmigratory, adjective
premigratory, adjective
unmigrative, adjective
unmigratory, adjective
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migratory (ˈmaɪɡrətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characterized by migration
2.  nomadic; itinerant

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migratory
1753, from L. migrat-, pp. stem of migrare (see migration).
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migratory   (mī'grə-tôr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
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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