ful·​mar ˈfu̇l-mər How to pronounce fulmar (audio)
: a seabird (Fulmarus glacialis) of colder northern seas closely related to the petrels
also : a related bird (F. glacialoides) of circumpolar distribution in colder southern seas

Examples of fulmar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photograph: David Merron/Getty Images Northern fulmars and Cory’s shearwaters are masters of the sea and air, gliding above the waves and plunging into the water to snag fish, squid, and crustaceans. WIRED, 27 Mar. 2023 The team studied 58 Cory’s shearwaters that had died from colliding with buildings in the Azores archipelago in Portugal and 27 northern fulmars that were shot in collaboration with Inuit hunters in Baffin Bay, Canada. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023 The researchers behind today’s paper dissected 85 northern fulmars and Cory’s shearwaters caught in the wild. WIRED, 27 Mar. 2023 One gray fulmar seemed to relish the water pouring out of an out-flow tube — swimming right up to the waterfall and then scampering aside, only to repeat. Susanne Rust, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022

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Word History


of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse fūlmār fulmar, from fūll foul + mār gull — more at mew

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fulmar was in 1698

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“Fulmar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fulmar. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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