One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the place or time of one's birth.‘he was living in the south, many miles from his natal city’
innate, inherent, inborn, intrinsic, instinctive, instinctual, intuitive, natural, natural-born, deep-seated, deep-rootedView synonyms
- ‘Unlike the stereotype of salmon returning unerringly to their natal streams, salmon are innately resilient and opportunistic.’
- ‘This was a fate shared by many women in this time, a result of a high birth rate and poor natal care.’
- ‘In this model, naive females accompany experienced females to nesting beaches regardless of the natal beach of origin.’
- ‘Although natal teeth are frequently found in normal infants, they are more often present in newborns with cleft palate.’
- ‘The first was the birth or natal status of the child defined by social and canonical conventions, and the social status of the parents.’
- ‘The young fish spend at least a year in the natal stream before moving downstream to the sea or into lakes.’
- ‘Sharp-shinned Hawks tend to use specific flyways during migration, which reflect their natal or breeding origins.’
- ‘Similarly, of the 39 juveniles that departed, 35% departed to a wetland unit not in their natal region.’
- ‘Purdah is observed much more loosely and sometimes not at all by women when they are with their natal families.’
- ‘The Aphelops bias is similar and could be explained as a natal birth bias.’
- ‘Young salmon spend up to three years in their natal streams before migrating to the sea.’
- ‘Most women give birth in their natal households, to which they return when childbirth is near.’
- ‘The location and aspects of the ascendant's ruler also hold a great deal of importance in natal evaluation.’
- ‘Another aspect of their subordination is that children's natal origins could be erased in the process of their circulation.’
- ‘Instead, it offered information that might satisfy children's future curiosity about natal origins.’
Late Middle English: from Latin natalis, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.
Relating to the buttocks.‘the natal cleft’
- ‘The operation consists of making a 5-7cm incision, usually in the natal cleft crease.’
- ‘A second patient brought mobile phone images of his partner's episodic natal cleft rash, which had defied GP and dermatological diagnosis for 3 years.’
- ‘The distribution of psoriasis on extensor surfaces, scalp and natal cleft helps distinguish psoriasis from discoid eczema.’
- ‘A 58 year old man was referred to the surgical clinic with a swelling in the natal cleft thought to be a pilonidal mass or abscess.’
Late 19th century: from nates + -al.
1A former province of South Africa, situated on the east coast. Having been a Boer republic and then a British colony, Natal acquired internal self-government in 1893 and became a province of the Union of South Africa in 1910. It was renamed KwaZulu-Natal in 1994.
2A port on the Atlantic coast of NE Brazil, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte; population 774,230 (2007).
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