petrel

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noun pe·trel \ˈpe-trəl, ˈpē-\

Definition of petrel

  1. :  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 and Etymology of petrel

alteration of earlier pitteral


First Known Use: 1676


PETREL Defined for English Language Learners

petrel

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noun pe·trel \ˈpe-trəl, ˈpē-\

Definition of petrel for English Language Learners

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


PETREL Defined for Kids

petrel

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noun pe·trel \ˈpe-trəl, ˈpē-\

Definition of petrel for Students

  1. :  a small seabird with long wings that flies far from land


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