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storm petrel

or storm-petrel

any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usually having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
Compare stormy petrel.
Origin of storm petrel
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Like the puffin and the storm-petrel, razor-bills rarely leave the sea except for breeding.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
British Dictionary definitions for storm-petrel

storm petrel

any small petrel, such as the northern Hydrobates pelagicus, of the family Hydrobatidae, typically having a dark plumage with paler underparts Also called Mother Carey's chicken, stormy petrel
Word Origin
C19: so named because it was thought to be a harbinger of rough weather
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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