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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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  • One of the names given to the fulmar, Procellaria glacialis.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A sea-bird; the Procellaria glacialis, called also fulmar (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The earth was blue with summer, and the fulmar cried noisily on the bird cliff.

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

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Owing to the rankness of its food, the smell of the fulmar is very offensive.

  • Finally, at the breaking up of the ice in the spring a fulmar flew from over the ice and wooed Sedna with enticing song.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • He killed the fulmar, took Sedna into his boat, and they quickly left the country which had brought so much sorrow to Sedna.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • 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 is indeed a child of the sea, for, except in the breeding season, it never comes to land.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • The fulmar is extremely gregarious during the breeding season, and many thousands of birds congregate here during the summer.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
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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