from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Linnean genus of Procellariidæ, or petrels, formerly conterminous with the family, later variously restricted, now usually confined to the very small black-and-white species known as Mother Carey's chickens, as P. pelagica, the stormy petrel: in this restricted sense synonymous with Thalassidroma of Vigors. See cut under petrel.
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- n. type genus of the Procellariidae
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During these periods, I have been for hours watching the motions of the "stormy petrel" (_procellaria pelagica_), called by sailors, "mother Carey's chickens."
One of these was the _procellaria maxima_ (the _quebrantahuessos_), and the other, which was little more than half the size, seemed to be of the
(_procellaria glacialis_,) and shearwaters, (_procellaria puffinus_,) and not unfrequently saw shoals of grampusses sporting about, which the