Definition of diving petrel in English:

diving petrel

noun

  • A small stocky auklike seabird with black upper parts and white underparts, that frequents southern oceans.

    • ‘As expected groups such as the albatrosses, diving petrels, gadfly petrels, prions, and shearwaters were all monophyletic.’
    • ‘Morphologically, the diving petrels resemble northern auks much more than they resemble other procellariiform birds.’
    • ‘Albatross, cape pigeons, diving petrels, monymawks, mottled petrels, and sooty shearwaters all took their turns skimming our bow wave for fish.’