Definition of giant petrel in English:

Share this entry

giant petrel


The largest petrel, which is found around southern oceans, has a massive bill, and scavenges from carcasses.
  • Genus Macronectes, family Procellariidae: two species.
Example sentences
  • Why are southern giant petrels thriving on one peninsula, but declining almost everywhere else?
  • Finally, the scientist reaches her quarry: a colony of southern giant petrels whose nests atop these rocky heights are filled with hungry hatchlings.
  • On our way there we enjoyed giant petrels, a new species for the trip.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: giant pet¦rel

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.