Petrel

Definition of Petrel

Pe´trel
n.1.(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of longwinged sea birds belonging to the family Procellaridæ. The small petrels, or Mother Carey's chickens, belong to Oceanites, Oceanodroma, Procellaria, and several allied genera.
Diving petrel
any bird of the genus Pelecanoides. They chiefly inhabit the southern hemisphere.
Fulmar petrel
See Fulmar.
Pintado petrel
the Cape pigeon. See under Cape.
any one of several small petrels, especially Procellaria pelagica, or Mother Carey's chicken, common on both sides of the Atlantic.

Related Words

family Procellariidae, fulmar, fulmar petrel, Fulmarus glacialis, giant fulmar, giant petrel, Macronectes giganteus, oceanic bird, pelagic bird, Procellaria aequinoctialis, Procellariidae, shearwater, storm petrel, white-chinned petrel
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