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fulmar

[foo l-mer] /ˈfʊl mər/
noun
1.
any of certain oceanic birds of the petrel family, especially Fulmarus glacialis, a gull-like Arctic species.
Origin of fulmar
1690-1700
1690-1700; orig. dial. (Hebrides) < Icelandic fūl stinking, foul + mār gull (with reference to its stench)
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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

fulmar

/ˈfʊlmə/
noun
1.
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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