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[foo l-mer] /ˈfʊl mər/
any of certain oceanic birds of the petrel family, especially Fulmarus glacialis, a gull-like Arctic species.
Origin of fulmar
1690-1700; orig. dial. (Hebrides) < Icelandic fūl stinking, foul + mār gull (with reference to its stench) Unabridged
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  • It rarely comes abroad by day, and if disturbed ejects from its mouth an oily matter, after the manner of the fulmar.

  • A sea-bird; the Procellaria glacialis, called also fulmar (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The fulmar petrel lays but one egg, yet it is believed to be the most numerous bird in the world.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • The earth was blue with summer, and the fulmar cried noisily on the bird cliff.

  • As regards the fulmar, it was an exciting chase, as it had only been winged, and took refuge in the open channel.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • That day we saw our first bird; a fulmar (Procellaria glacialis).

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The little auk is no longer to be seen or heard; the only birds are an ivory-gull now and then, and occasionally a fulmar.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The story begins when the fulmar carries Sedna to his home and she discovers that he has brought her to a very wretched tent.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The fulmar petrel lays but one egg, yet it is believed to be the most numerous bird in the world.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • The fulmar petrel is indeed a child of the sea, for, except in the breeding season, it never comes to land.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
British Dictionary definitions for fulmar


any heavily built short-tailed oceanic bird of the genus Fulmarus and related genera, of polar regions: family Procellariidae, order Procellariiformes (petrels)
Word Origin
C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse fūlmār, from fūll foul + mār gull
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