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pet·rel

 (pĕt′rəl)
n.
Any of various black, gray, or white pelagic seabirds of the order Procellariiformes, found mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.

[Perhaps alteration of earlier pitteral (perhaps influenced by Saint Peterwalking on the water, from the fact that the bird flies so close to the water as to appear to be walking on it).]

petrel

(ˈpɛtrəl)
n
(Animals) any oceanic bird of the order Procellariiformes, having a hooked bill and tubular nostrils: includes albatrosses, storm petrels, and shearwaters. See also storm petrel
[C17: variant of earlier pitteral, associated by folk etymology with St Peter, because the bird appears to walk on water]

pet•rel

(ˈpɛ trəl)

n.
any of various oceanic tube-nosed seabirds of the families Procellariidae, Hydrobatidae, and Pelecanoididae.
[1670–80; earlier pitteral, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petrel - relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from landpetrel - relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
oceanic bird, pelagic bird - bird of the open seas
family Procellariidae, Procellariidae - petrels; fulmars; shearwaters;
Procellaria aequinoctialis, white-chinned petrel - large black petrel of southern seas having a white mark on the chin
giant fulmar, giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus - large brownish petrel chiefly of Antarctic seas
fulmar, fulmar petrel, Fulmarus glacialis - heavy short-tailed oceanic bird of polar regions
shearwater - long-winged oceanic bird that in flight skims close to the waves
storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts
Translations

petrel

[ˈpetrəl] Npetrel m, paíño m

petrel

nSturmvogel m
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The condor lays a couple of eggs and the ostrich a score, and yet in the same country the condor may be the more numerous of the two: the Fulmar petrel lays but one egg, yet it is believed to be the most numerous bird in the world.
I am afraid, my dear Colonel, that you must regret the hour that you took in such a stormy petrel as I am.
Flying fish skimmed the water like thick spray; petrels were so few that I could count them; another shark swam round me for an hour.
And over this desolate face of nature a stern silence reigned, scarcely broken by the flapping of the wings of petrels and puffins.
Outward bound, and off the pitch of Cape Horn, he used to sit on the taffrail, and keep the steward loading three or four old fowling pieces, with which he would bring down albatrosses, Cape pigeons, jays, petrels, and divers other marine fowl, who followed chattering in our wake.
Yet whales and seals, petrels and albatross, are exceedingly abundant throughout this part of the ocean.
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