Leach's petrel

noun \ˈlēchə̇z-\
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Leach petrel

Definition of Leach's petrel

  1. :  a petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) distinguished from the storm petrel by its larger size, forked tail, longer wings, and distinctive bounding flight

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Origin and Etymology of leach's petrel

after William E. Leach †1836 English naturalist

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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