Petrel

Pe"trel

(?), n. [F. ptrel; a dim. of the name Peter, L. Petrus, Gr. a stone (John i. 42); -- probably so called in allusion to St. Peter's walking on the sea. See Petrify.] (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of longwinged sea birds belonging to the family Procellarid. The small petrels, or Mother Carey's chickens, belong to Oceanites, Oceanodroma, Procellaria, and several allied genera.
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Diving petrel, any bird of the genus Pelecanoides. They chiefly inhabit the southern hemisphere. -- Fulmar petrel, Giant petrel. See Fulmar. -- Pintado petrel, the Cape pigeon. See under Cape. -- Pintado petrel, any one of several small petrels, especially Procellaria pelagica, or Mother Carey's chicken, common on both sides of the Atlantic.
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