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Origin of fulmar

1690–1700; orig. dial. (Hebrides) < Icelandic fūl stinking, foul + mār gull (with reference to its stench)
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Examples from the Web for fulmar

Historical Examples of fulmar

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

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

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

    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.

British Dictionary definitions for fulmar


  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 for fulmar

C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse fūlmār, from fūll foul + mār gull
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