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 and Scottish Gaelic fulmair) from Old Norse f&umacron;lmar : f&umacron;ll, foul (from the foul-smelling oily liquid that the birds regurgitate as a defense when disturbed ); see p&ubremac;- in Indo-European roots + mar, mew; akin to Old English m&aemac;w.
OriginSee also: fúlmár
From Old Norse fúll (“foul”) + már (“gull”), in reference to the foul-smelling vomit it ejects to deter predators.