petrel

Definitions of petrel
  1. noun
    relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
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    Procellaria aequinoctialis, white-chinned petrel
    large black petrel of southern seas having a white mark on the chin
    Macronectes giganteus, giant fulmar, giant petrel
    large brownish petrel chiefly of Antarctic seas
    Fulmarus glacialis, fulmar, fulmar petrel
    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
    Manx shearwater, Puffinus puffinus
    small black-and-white shearwater common in the northeastern Atlantic
    Hydrobates pelagicus, northern storm petrel, stormy petrel
    sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean
    Mother Carey's chicken, Mother Carey's hen, Oceanites oceanicus
    medium-sized storm petrel
    type of:
    oceanic bird, pelagic bird
    bird of the open seas
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