gyrfalcon [ jur-fawl-k uh n, -fal-, -faw-k uh n] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a large falcon, Falco rusticolus, of arctic and subarctic regions, having white, gray, or blackish color phases: now greatly reduced in number. Origin of gyrfalcon 1300–50; Middle English gerfaucon, jerfacoun
Middle French, Old French,
Old High German giri
Old Norse geirfalki
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C14: from Old French
gerfaucon, perhaps from Old Norse geirfalki, from geirr spear + falki falcon
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Word Origin and History for gyrfalcon n.
gerfalcon, c.1200, from Old French girfauc "large northern falcon," probably from Frankish, from Proto-Germanic *ger (cf. Old High German gir "vulture") + Latin falco "hawk" (see falcon). Folk etymology connects it with Latin gyrus (see gyre) in reference to "circling" in the air.
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