One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the place or time of one's birth.‘her natal home’
innate, inherent, inborn, intrinsic, instinctive, instinctual, intuitive, natural, natural-born, deep-seated, deep-rootedView synonyms
- ‘This was a fate shared by many women in this time, a result of a high birth rate and poor natal care.’
- ‘The location and aspects of the ascendant's ruler also hold a great deal of importance in natal evaluation.’
- ‘Sharp-shinned Hawks tend to use specific flyways during migration, which reflect their natal or breeding origins.’
- ‘Instead, it offered information that might satisfy children's future curiosity about natal origins.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most women give birth in their natal households, to which they return when childbirth is near.’
- ‘Young salmon spend up to three years in their natal streams before migrating to the sea.’
- ‘Another aspect of their subordination is that children's natal origins could be erased in the process of their circulation.’
- ‘In this model, naive females accompany experienced females to nesting beaches regardless of the natal beach of origin.’
- ‘The Aphelops bias is similar and could be explained as a natal birth bias.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although natal teeth are frequently found in normal infants, they are more often present in newborns with cleft palate.’
- ‘Unlike the stereotype of salmon returning unerringly to their natal streams, salmon are innately resilient and opportunistic.’
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 province on the eastern coast of South Africa that was renamed KwaZulu-Natal in 1994.
2A port on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Brazil, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte; population 774,230 (2007).
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