from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A petrel, especially a storm petrel.
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- n. The storm petrel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the North Pacific.
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- n. medium-sized storm petrel
Possibly alteration and partial translation of Medieval Latin māter cāra, Virgin Mary : Latin māter, mother + Latin cāra, feminine of cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)