Wilson's petrel


Definition of Wilson's petrel

  1. :  a petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) that breeds in the southern hemisphere but is common in the north Atlantic in summer

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Origin and Etymology of wilson's petrel

after Alexander Wilson †1813 American ornithologist

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