stormy petrel
noun Date: circa 1776 1. storm petrel 2. a. one fond of strife b. a harbinger of trouble

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  • stormy petrel — n. STORM PETREL …   English World dictionary

  • stormy petrel — noun sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean • Syn: ↑northern storm petrel, ↑Hydrobates pelagicus • Hypernyms: ↑storm petrel • Member Holonyms: ↑Hydrobates, ↑genus Hydrobates …   Useful english dictionary

  • stormy petrel — 1. the British storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean. 2. a person who causes or likes trouble or strife. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • stormy petrel — noun The storm petrel …   Wiktionary

  • stormy petrel — Synonyms and related words: ancestor, angry clouds, announcer, antecedent, avant garde, avifauna, baby bird, bellwether, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno, bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey, birdie, birdlife, birdy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stormy petrel — noun 1》 dated term for storm petrel. 2》 a person who delights in conflict or attracts controversy …   English new terms dictionary

  • stormy petrel — Mother Carey s chicken, storm bird, stormfinch, storm petrel (Procellaria pelagica) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • stormy petrel — storm′y pet′rel n. 1) orn a storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the E Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean 2) a person who likes strife 3) a person or thing that foreshadows trouble …   From formal English to slang

  • stormy petrel — /stɔmi ˈpɛtrəl/ (say stawmee petruhl) noun 1. → storm petrel. 2. a person whose coming supposedly portends trouble …   Australian English dictionary

  • stormy petrel —   See petrel …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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