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stormy petrel

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  1. the British storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean.
  2. 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

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