[ jur-fawl-kuh n, -fal-, -faw-kuh n ]
/ ˈdʒɜrˌfɔl kən, -ˌfæl-, -ˌfɔ kən /


a large falcon, Falco rusticolus, of arctic and subarctic regions, having white, gray, or blackish color phases: now greatly reduced in number.
Also gerfalcon.

Origin of gyrfalcon

1300–50; Middle English gerfaucon, jerfacoun < Middle French, Old French, equivalent to ger- (perhaps < Old High German giri greedy) + faucon falcon; compare Old Norse geirfalki Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈdʒɜːˌfɔːlkən, -ˌfɔːkən) /


a very large rare falcon, Falco rusticolus, of northern and arctic regions: often used for hunting

Word Origin for gyrfalcon

C14: from Old French gerfaucon, perhaps from Old Norse geirfalki, from geirr spear + falki falcon
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