storm petrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n storm petrel any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Storm petrel (Zoöl) See Stormy petrel, under Petrel.
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Usage

In literature:

The birds disappeared with the exception of the petrels, those friends of the storm.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
Nevada plunged like a wind-driven storm-petrel on her way.
"Options" by O. Henry
We were all alone there, a pair of storm petrels perched in mid air on a steel stick that arose out of snow and that vanished above into snow.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
What else could reveal to the petrel the coming storm?
"Voices for the Speechless"
She was, in fact, a storm petrel in the guise of woman.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Porpoise were coursing the sea like greyhounds, and the stormy petrels in a clatter; but Cook was not to be delayed by storm.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
Where then were their fiery altruists and storm-petrels of industrial disorder?
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
Storm Petrel, The, 736.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
He disappears as does the storm petrel when the sea is quiet.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
By gad, thou art the herald of storm on land as the petrel is at sea.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
The Storm-Petrels have probably nested there for many, many centuries.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Like the petrel, it is a storm-bird, and seems to delight in the commotion of the elements.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Isolated, like stormy petrels, came the first inquiries for missing relatives; then these inquiries themselves became a storm.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
You are a storm petrel, my dear.
"The Gray Phantom" by Herman Landon
PROCELLARIA (Storm and Fork-tailed Petrels).
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Three or four petrels, birds of the storm, rising from the distant sands, veered joyously out over the flattening waters.
"Istar of Babylon" by Margaret Horton Potter
Like the petrel, he loved the storm.
"Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland" by Henry B. Stanton
Some people call him the storm-petrel, always in the wake of trouble.
"Under Cover" by Roi Cooper Megrue
Like the puffin and the storm-petrel, razor-bills rarely leave the sea except for breeding.
"The Isles of Scilly" by Jessie Mothersole
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In poetry:

The silver spoon of my extended eyes
Offers me a sea buoying a storm petrel;
And I see how the Russian bird flies
Through unknown lashes to the roaring sea.
"On This Day Of Sky-Blue Bears" by Velimir Khlebnikov
I am thy storm-thrush of the days that darken,
Thy petrel in the foam that bears thy bark
To port through night and tempest; if thou hearken,
My voice is in thy heaven before the lark.
"Mater Triumphalis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne