Fulmar meaning

fo͝olmər, -mär
Either of two gull-like birds, Fulmarus glacialis of Arctic regions or F. glacialoides of Antarctic regions, having bluish-gray and white plumage.
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Any of several similar or related birds.
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Any of various tubenose birds (family Procellariidae); esp., a gray sea bird (Fulmarus glacialis) common in arctic regions.
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Either of two species of pelagic seabird in the genus Fulmarus, Fulmarus glacialis and F. glacialoides, which breed on cliffs.
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Origin of fulmar

  • Ultimately (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) pū̆- in Indo-European roots mār mew Old English mǣw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse fúll (“foul”) + már (“gull”), in reference to the foul-smelling vomit it ejects to deter predators.

    From Wiktionary