Migratory Mi"gra*to*ry, a. [Cf. F. migratoire.] [1913 Webster] 1. Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another; as, migratory birds. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, roving; wandering; nomad; as, migratory habits; a migratory life. [1913 Webster]

{Migratory locust} (Zo["o]l.) See {Locust}.

{Migratory thrush} (Zo["o]l.), the American robin. See {Robin}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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