any of various tubenose birds (family Procellariidae); esp., a gray sea bird (Fulmarus glacialis) common in arctic regions
Origin of fulmarOld Norse from f?ll, foul, unpleasant + m?r, sea gull
- Either of two gull-like birds, Fulmarus glacialis of Arctic regions or F. glacialoides of Antarctic regions, having bluish-gray and white plumage.
- Any of several similar or related birds.
Origin of fulmarUltimately ( via Scots fulmar ) (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 p&ubremac;- in Indo-European roots. mār mew Old English mǣw
OriginSee also: fúlmár
From Old Norse fúll (“foul”) + már (“gull”), in reference to the foul-smelling vomit it ejects to deter predators.