Definition of petrel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpetrəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrəl//
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a black and white bird that can fly over the sea a long way from land See related entries: Birds Word Originearly 17th cent.: associated with St Peter, from the bird's habit of flying low with legs dangling, giving the appearance of walking on the water (see the Bible, Matthew 14:30).
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