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 for Petrel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Petrel \Pe"trel\, n. [F. p['e]trel; a dim. of the name Peter, L.
     Petrus, Gr. pe`tros a stone (--John i. 42); -- probably so
     called in allusion to St. Peter's walking on the sea. See
     Petrify.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of longwinged sea birds belonging
     to the family Procellarid[ae]. The small petrels, or Mother
     {Oceanites">Carey's chickens, belong to {Oceanites, {Oceanodroma},
     {Procellaria">{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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far
           from land

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