from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by migration; undergoing periodic migration: migratory birds.
  • adj. Of or relating to a migration.
  • adj. Roving; nomadic.

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  • adj. that migrate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Removing regularly or occasionally from one region or climate to another.
  • adj. Hence, roving; wandering; nomad

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to or characterized by migration; roving or removing from place to place; unsettled: as, the pastoral tribes of uncivilized men are generally migratory; to lead a migratory life.
  • Pertaining or relating to migration or to a tendency to migrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. habitually moving from place to place especially in search of seasonal work
  • adj. used of animals that move seasonally


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  • Where'd you get the coconuts?

    We found them.

    Found them? In Mercia? The coconut's tropical!

    What do you mean?

    Well, Mercia's a temperate zone!

    The swallow may fly south with the sun, and the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land.

    Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?

    Not at all. They could be carried.

    What? A swallow carrying a coconut?

    He could grip it by the husk!

    It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple matter of weight ratios! A five-ounce bird could not carry a one-pound coconut!

    Well it doesn't matter! Will you go and tell your master that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here?

    Listen, in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?


    Am I right?

    I'm not interested.

    It could be carried by an African swallow!

    Oh, yeah, an African swallow maybe, but not a European swallow, that's my point.

    Oh, yeah, I agree with that.

    Will you ask your master if he wants to join my Court at Camelot?

    But then, of course, the African swallow is non-migratory, so they wouldn't be carrying a coconut anywhere.

    Wait a minute! Supposing two European swallows carried it together?

    No, they'd have to have it on a line.

    Simple! They'd just use a strand of creeper!

    Held under the dorsal guidance feathers?

    Well why not?

    February 15, 2007