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

  • n. A gull-like bird (Fulmarus glacialis) of Arctic regions, having smoky gray plumage.
  • n. Any of several similar or related birds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. heavy short-tailed oceanic bird of polar regions


Dialectal : probably Old Norse fūll, foul; + mār, mew; akin to Old English mǣw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old Norse full ("foul") + mar ("gull"), from its aroma. (Wiktionary)



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