noun pe·trel \ˈpe-trəl, ˈpē-\

: a bird that has long wings and usually dark feathers and that lives mainly on the ocean

Full Definition of PETREL

:  any of numerous seabirds (especially families Procellariidae and Hydrobatidae); especially :  one of the smaller long-winged birds that fly far from land — compare storm petrel

Origin of PETREL

alteration of earlier pitteral
First Known Use: 1676
May 30, 2015
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