petrel

noun
pe·​trel | \ ˈpe-trəl How to pronounce petrel (audio) , ˈpē- How to pronounce petrel (audio) \

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

Examples of petrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 In recent years, the mouse population has exploded, attracting burrowing owls that also prey on the ashy storm-petrel, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of petrel

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrel

earlier also pitteril, pitteral, of obscure origin

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“Petrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrel. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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petrel

noun
pe·​trel | \ ˈpe-trəl How to pronounce petrel (audio) , ˈpē- \

Kids Definition of petrel

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

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