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stormy petrel

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noun

the British storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean.
a person who causes or likes trouble or strife.

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Origin of stormy petrel

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for stormy petrel

stormy petrel

noun

another name for storm petrel
a person who brings or portends trouble
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