Entry from US English dictionary
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).
- 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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Syllabification: div·ing pet·rel
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