gyrfalcon

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noun gyr·fal·con \ˈjər-ˌfal-kən, -ˌfȯl- also -ˌfȯ-kən\

Definition of gyrfalcon

  1. :  an arctic falcon (Falco rusticolus) that occurs in several color forms and is the largest of all falcons

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Origin and Etymology of gyrfalcon

Middle English gerfaucun, from Anglo-French girfauc, girfaucon, probably from gir vulture (from Old High German gīr) + faucon falcon


First Known Use: 14th century


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