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gyrfalcon

[jur-fawl-kuh n, -fal-, -faw-kuh n] /ˈdʒɜrˌfɔl kən, -ˌfæl-, -ˌfɔ kən/
noun
1.
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
1300-1350
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
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gyrfalcon

/ˈdʒɜːˌfɔːlkən; -ˌfɔːkən/
noun
1.
a very large rare falcon, Falco rusticolus, of northern and arctic regions: often used for hunting
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gerfaucon, perhaps from Old Norse geirfalki, from geirr spear + falki falcon
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Word Origin and History for gyrfalcon
n.

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.

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