from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of two gull-like birds, Fulmarus glacialis of Arctic regions or F. glacialoides of Antarctic regions, having bluish-gray and white plumage.
  • noun Any of several similar or related birds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as foulmart.
  • noun A natatorial oceanic bird of the family Procellariidæ and genus Fulmarus or some closely related genus; the fulmar petrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of several species of sea birds, of the family Procellariidæ, allied to the albatrosses and petrels. Among the well-known species are the arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) (called also fulmar petrel, malduck, and mollemock), and the giant fulmar (Ossifraga gigantea).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Either of two species of pelagic seabird in the genus Fulmarus, Fulmarus glacialis and F. glacialoides, which breed on cliffs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun heavy short-tailed oceanic bird of polar regions


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Ultimately (via Scots fulmar and Scottish Gaelic fulmair) from Old Norse fūlmār : fūll, foul (from the foul-smelling oily liquid that the birds regurgitate as a defense when disturbed ); see pū̆- in Indo-European roots + mār, mew; akin to Old English mǣw.]

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Old Norse full ("foul") + mar ("gull"), from its aroma.


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