Other Word Forms
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.