gyr·​fal·​con | \ ˈjər-ˌfal-kən How to pronounce gyrfalcon (audio) , -ˌfȯl- also -ˌfȯ-kən\

Definition of gyrfalcon

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

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US Army cadets accidentally injured the Air Force’s gyrfalcon. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Jan. 2019 Kitty currently is licensed to educate, breed, educate and hunt with her wards, now numbering 19 including a golden eagle, a European kestrel, a gyrfalcon and a Eurasian eagle owl, one of the largest owls in existence. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Suwannee County: Experience an ancient hunting art at International Falconry Academy," 6 May 2018 There is a gyrfalcon nest near Jarvis Creek canyon. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 Peregrine falcons, a smaller bird, can dive faster, but lack the body weight of a gyrfalcon. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, "Falconry has a small but devoted Alaska following," 16 Sep. 2017 Impressive numbers of gyrfalcons are now successfully raised in captivity. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, "Falconry has a small but devoted Alaska following," 16 Sep. 2017 Most association members have gyrfalcons, the elite bird of choice. John Schandelmeier, Alaska Dispatch News, "Falconry has a small but devoted Alaska following," 16 Sep. 2017 The Science Channel had a whale of a week chock-full of stories on animals: Peregrine falcons and gyrfalcon are fighting for food and territory in Greenland, a preview of battles to come on our fast-warming planet. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Along the Divisions," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of gyrfalcon

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gyrfalcon

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

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