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storm-pet·relalso storm petrel (stôrm′pĕt′rəl)
Any of various small seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, found in most of the world's oceans and generally having dark plumage. Also called stormy petrel.
[Probably from the fact that they take shelter in the lees of ships during storms.]
(Animals) any small petrel, such as the northern Hydrobates pelagicus, of the family Hydrobatidae, typically having a dark plumage with paler underparts. Also called: Mother Carey's chicken or stormy petrel
[C19: so named because it was thought to be a harbinger of rough weather]
any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usu. having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
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|Noun||1.||storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts|
petrel - relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
Hydrobates pelagicus, northern storm petrel, stormy petrel - sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean