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.
A large, fierce, strong falcon (Falco rusticolus) of the arctic regions.
Alternative Form of gyrfalcon - gerfalcon, jerfalcon
Other Word Forms
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).