storm petrel

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also 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.]

storm petrel

(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]

storm′ pet`rel

or storm′-pet`rel,

any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usu. having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underpartsstorm 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

storm petrel

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