Definition of gyrfalcon in English:

gyrfalcon

Line breaks: gyr|fal¦con
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːˌfɔː(l)k(ə)n
 
, -ˌfɒlk(ə)n/

noun

  • The largest falcon, found in arctic regions and occurring in several colour forms, one of which is mainly white.
    • Falco rusticolus, family Falconidae
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    • They've both become superb birders, too, able to distinguish in a wing beat, for example, a gyrfalcon from a peregrine falcon during a brief aerial tussle.
    • Adam and his team of falconers use predatory birds like gyrfalcons, eagles, and peregrine falcons to clear the air.
    • Its cliffs and valleys are habitat for peregrine falcons and endangered gyrfalcon, while its tidal flats and river mouths attract huge numbers of migrating birds and waterfowl.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French gerfaucon, of Germanic origin. The first element is probably related to Old High German gēr 'spear'; the spelling gyr- arose from a mistaken idea that the bird's name came from Latin gyrare 'revolve'.

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