• WordNet 3.6
    • n fulmar heavy short-tailed oceanic bird of polar regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fulmar fŭlmär (Zoöl) One of several species of sea birds, of the family Procellariidæ, allied to the albatrosses and petrels. Among the well-known species are the arctic fulmar Fulmarus glacialis) (called also fulmar petrel malduck, and mollemock), and the giant fulmar (Ossifraga gigantea).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fulmar Same as foulmart.
    • n fulmar A natatorial oceanic bird of the family Procellariidæ and genus Fulmarus or some closely related genus; the fulmar petrel. The common fulmar is Fulmarus glacialis, a bird as large as a medium-sized gull, and greatly resembling a herringgull in coloration, being white with a pearl-blue mantle and black tips on the primaries, but distinguished by the long tubular nostrils, which lie high upon the ridge of the upper mandible. It inhabits the northern seas in prodigious numbers, breeding in Iceland, Greenland, Spitzbergen, the Shetland and Orkney islands, the Hebrides, etc. It feeds on fish, the blubber of whales, and any fat, putrid, floating substance that comes in its way. It makes its nest on sea-cliffs, and lays only one egg. The natives of the island of St. Kilda, in the Hebrides, value the eggs above those of any other bird, and search for them by the most perilous descent of precipices by means of ropes. The fulmar is also valued for its feathers, its down, and the oil found in its stomach, which is one of the principal products of St. Kilda. When caught or assailed, it lightens itself by disgorging the oil from its stomach. There are several closely related species or varieties in the North Pacific. The slender-billed fulmar is Fulmarus tenuirostris or Thalassoica glacialoides, widely dispersed over the seas. The giant fulmar, Ossifraga gigantea, also called bonebreaker, is a sooty-brown or fuliginous species, as large as a small albatross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fulmar ful′mar a species of petrel inhabiting the Shetland Isles, &c., valuable for its down, feathers, and oil.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. fūlmār,. See foul, and Man a gull
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. Norse fúll, foul.


In literature:

The silver-grey or Southern Fulmar petrels were present in large numbers, especially about the steep north-eastern side of the island.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Jostled by the other fulmars, or gulls, who tried to push her off the rocks, she sent for her father.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
The fulmar petrel exists in myriads at St. Kilda and other haunts of the species, yet it lays only one egg.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
We saw several fulmars and arctic gulls, and passed two trees, both appearing to have lain in the water a long time.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
There were fulmars in thousands, eager to pounce down upon the morsels which they knew would be their share.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hundreds of puffins and fulmars were in the air, and skimming the waters.
"The Billow and the Rock" by Harriet Martineau
In greed it competes with the fulmar.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The earth was blue with summer, and the fulmar cried noisily on the bird cliff.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
They lay but a single white egg, the average dimensions of which are slightly smaller than those of the common Fulmar.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
We then determined to shoot birds, but the auks flew too high, and all we got was a couple of fulmars.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen

In news:

Humpback whale with northern fulmars.