northern giant petrel

[ nawr-thern jahy-uhnt pe-truhl ]

  1. a large, very aggressive seabird, the giant petrel Macronectes halli, of the Southern Ocean and northward into Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand: differentiated from the southern giant petrel by its reddish bill.

Origin of northern giant petrel

First recorded in 1975–80
  • Also called Hall's gi·ant pet·rel [hawlz-jahy-uhnt pe-truhl] /ˈhɔlz ˈdʒaɪ ənt ˈpɛ trəl/ .

Words Nearby northern giant petrel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023