from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See storm petrel.
- n. One who brings discord or appears at the onset of trouble; a rebel.
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- n. The storm petrel
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- n. sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean
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The water-birds seemed to find it so, for the steamer ducks were trailing their long wakes through the water, and a large kind of stormy petrel sailed up to the vessel, and almost put himself into the hands of the sailors, with whom he remained an unresisting prisoner.