Gyrfalcon definition

jûrfălkən, -fôl-, -fô-
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A large black, gray, or white falcon (Falco rusticolus) that breeds in Arctic and subarctic regions and sometimes migrates to northern North America and Eurasia. It is highly valued in falconry.
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A large, fierce, strong falcon (Falco rusticolus) of the arctic regions.
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Falco rusticolus, a large bird of prey that breeds on Arctic coasts and islands of North America, Europe and Asia.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of gyrfalcon - gerfalcon, jerfalcon

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gyrfalcon
Plural:
gyrfalcons

Origin of gyrfalcon

  • Middle English girfaucoun from Old French girfaut, gerfaucon Old High German gīr vulture Old French faucon falcon falcon

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

  • From Old French gerfaucon (modern French gerfaut), with the first element probably from Old High German gīr (“vulture”) (whence the German Geier).

    From Wiktionary