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diving petrel Syllabification: div·ing pet·rel

Definition of diving petrel in English:


A stocky auklike seabird of southern oceans, having black upper parts and white underparts.
  • Family Pelecanoididae and genus Pelecanoides: four species, in particular the common (or northern) diving petrel (P. urinatrix)
Example sentences
  • Albatross, cape pigeons, diving petrels, monymawks, mottled petrels, and sooty shearwaters all took their turns skimming our bow wave for fish.
  • Morphologically, the diving petrels resemble northern auks much more than they resemble other procellariiform birds.
  • As expected groups such as the albatrosses, diving petrels, gadfly petrels, prions, and shearwaters were all monophyletic.
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