storm petrel

storm petrel

noun
any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usually having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
Also, storm-petrel.
Compare stormy petrel.


Origin:
1795–1805

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storm petrel
 
n
Mother Carey's chicken, Also called: stormy petrel any small petrel, such as the northern Hydrobates pelagicus, of the family Hydrobatidae, typically having a dark plumage with paler underparts
 
[C19: so named because it was thought to be a harbinger of rough weather]

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