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.
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How to use storm petrel in a sentence
The storm petrel hovered high, swooped close, her lips parted.
Like the puffin and the storm-petrel, razor-bills rarely leave the sea except for breeding.The Isles of Scilly | Jessie Mothersole
He disappears as does the storm petrel when the sea is quiet.The Tempering | Charles Neville Buck
Yesterday and today great numbers of a storm petrel (Thalassidroma leucogastra) have been following in our wake.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1. | John MacGillivray
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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