noun Pte·rod·ro·ma \təˈrädrəmə, teˈr-\

Definition of Pterodroma

  1. :  a large genus of petrels found chiefly in southern seas that are dark-colored often with a white tail and under parts

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Origin and Etymology of pterodroma

New Latin, from pter- + -droma (from Greek dromos course, race) — more at -drome

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