any of several small, tube-nosed seabirds of the family Hydrobatidae, usually having black or sooty-brown plumage with a white rump.
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Compare stormy petrel.
Origin of storm petrel
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for storm petrel
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
any small petrel, such as the northern Hydrobates pelagicus, of the family Hydrobatidae, typically having a dark plumage with paler underpartsAlso called: Mother Carey's chicken, stormy petrel
Word Origin for storm petrel
C19: so named because it was thought to be a harbinger of rough weather
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