from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous black, gray, or white sea birds of the order Procellariiformes, especially the storm petrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various species of black, grey, or white seabirds in the order Procellariiformes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small black-and-white seabird, Procellaria pelagica; hence, any similar bird of pelagic or oceanic habits, with webbed feet, long pointed wings, and tubular nostrils, belonging to the family Procellariidæ and subfamily Procellariinæ.
- n. The kittiwake, a gull.
- n. An obsolete form of poitrel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land
"He also observed young juveniles in flight, which indicated the birds were breeding nearby, and recovered a dead Beck's petrel from the sea - now only the third museum-held specimen." ...
"The Beck's petrel is a sea bird that may be nocturnal and is thought to breed in the Bismarck Archipelago, in an area of circular, mountainous islands."
You must make your escape quietly when the moon has set, and fly like a poor petrel from the foot of some sombre reef.
"The rats have placed in serious risk – on the edge of extinction – the Galapagos petrel, which is a marine bird unique in the world and of which only 120 remain," the project's manager, Victor Carrion, told The Associated Press by telephone from the islands.
"The rats have placed in serious risk - on the edge of extinction - the Galapagos petrel, which is a marine bird unique in the world and of which only 120 remain," the project's manager, Victor Carrion, told The Associated Press by telephone from the islands.
The petrel is a bird not much unlike a swallow, but smaller, and with a shorter tail.
Some have interpreted the Hebrew word by "petrel" or
[FOOTNOTE 25: Eighteenth Century mariners called the petrel (a large sea bird) "Mother Cary's chicken."] [FOOTNOTE 26: crack-loo -- a form of gambling in which coins are tossed high into the air with the object having one's coin land nearest a crack in the floor] "Was I on to the opportunity?
Non-endemic threatened birds include the waved albatross Phoebastria irrorata (VU) and Markham's storm-petrel Oceanodroma markhami.
This was as a protection to the hut in the periods of the great gales when all the island was as a tiny petrel in the maw of the hurricane.
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