stormy petrel

noun

Definition of stormy petrel

2a : one fond of strife
b : a harbinger of trouble

First Known Use of stormy petrel

circa 1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stormy petrel was circa 1776

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“Stormy petrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stormy%20petrel. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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