Origin of gyrfalcon
Examples from the Web for gyrfalcon
The gyrfalcon is the speed-king among birds, but the hoary bat is faster still.Wild Folk|Samuel Scoville
The Gyrfalcon is the best-proportioned and most active member of the Falcon tribe.
The gyrfalcon can certainly not catch a phalarope in flight.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)|Arthur Cleveland Bent
On July 4, one gyrfalcon sat on a promontory at the south end of Barrier Lake.Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska|James W. Bee
This bird is as large as the Gyrfalcon, but, although equal in cunning and address, is possessed of less courage.
British Dictionary definitions for gyrfalcon
Word Origin for gyrfalcon
Word Origin and History for gyrfalcon
also 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.