Giant petrel
Petrel Pe"trel, n. [F. p['e]trel; 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}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of longwinged sea birds belonging to the family {Procellarid[ae]}. The small petrels, or Mother Carey's chickens, belong to {{Oceanites}}, {{Oceanodroma}}, {{Procellaria}}, and several allied genera. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Giant petrel — Giant petrels Southern Giant Petrel juvenile Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • giant petrel — noun large brownish petrel chiefly of Antarctic seas • Syn: ↑giant fulmar, ↑Macronectes giganteus • Hypernyms: ↑petrel • Member Holonyms: ↑Macronectes, ↑genus Macronectes …   Useful english dictionary

  • giant petrel — either of two large white or brownish petrels of the genus Macronectes, of the Antarctic Ocean and adjacent seas. Also called giant fulmar. * * * …   Universalium

  • giant petrel — /dʒaɪənt ˈpɛtrəl/ (say juyuhnt petruhl) noun either of two pelagic birds of the genus Macronectes of southern oceans …   Australian English dictionary

  • Northern Giant Petrel — Flying over Godthul, South Georgia, British Overseas Territories Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Southern Giant Petrel — Taxobox name = Southern Giant Petrel status = NT | status system = IUCN3.1 image caption = Southern Giant Petrel chick regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Procellariiformes familia = Procellariidae genus = Macronectes… …   Wikipedia

  • northern giant petrel — šiaurinis didysis audrašauklis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Macronectes halli angl. northern giant petrel vok. Hallsturmvogel, m pranc. fulmar de Hall, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – didieji audrašaukliai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • southern giant petrel — pietinis didysis audrašauklis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Macronectes giganteus angl. southern giant petrel vok. Riesensturmvogel, m rus. южный гигантский буревестник, m pranc. fulmar géant, m ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Petrel — Pe trel, n. [F. p[ e]trel; 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}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of longwinged sea birds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giant fulmar — noun large brownish petrel chiefly of Antarctic seas • Syn: ↑giant petrel, ↑Macronectes giganteus • Hypernyms: ↑petrel • Member Holonyms: ↑Macronectes, ↑genus Macronectes * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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