Last modified on 19 June 2013, at 20:37




Latin statarius standing fast, from stare to stand.


statary (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete except in biology) fixed; settled
    Eciton army ants have a bi-phasic lifestyle alternating between a nomadic phase and a statary phase. In the statary phase they remain in the same location every night.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      The set and statary times of paring of nails and cutting hair.

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