1 [jahy-roh]
noun, plural gyros.

1905–10; independent use of gyro- Unabridged


2 [jeer-oh, zheer-oh; Greek yee-raw]
noun Greek Cookery.
meat, usually lamb, roasted on a vertical spit, then thinly sliced, topped with onions, and usually served in a sandwich of pita bread.

1970–75; < Modern Greek gŷros literally, turn, revolution; see gyre


a combining form meaning “ring,” “circle,” “spiral,” used in the formation of compound words: gyromagnetic; gyroscope.
Also, especially before a vowel, gyr-.

< Greek gŷros ring, noun use of gȳrós round Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gyro (ˈdʒaɪrəʊ)
n , pl -ros
1.  See gyrocompass
2.  See gyroscope

gyro- or (before a vowel) gyr-
combining form
1.  indicating rotating or gyrating motion: gyroscope
2.  indicating a spiral
3.  indicating a gyroscope: gyrocompass
[via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle]
gyr- or (before a vowel) gyr-
combining form
[via Latin from Greek guro-, from guros circle]

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Word Origin & History

sandwich made from roasted lamb, late 20c., originally the meat itself, as roasted on a rotating spit, from Modern Gk. gyros "a circle," mistaken in Eng. for a plural and shorn of its -s.
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American Heritage
Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. gyrocompass

  2. gyroscope

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Example sentences
They'll also have to turn on the last remaining gyro to make sure it will stay
  pointed correctly.
Move on to an entrée of a mushroom gyro, free range lamp chops or seafood kabob.
The restaurant's lunch menu is noted for its gyro sandwiches and pita wraps,
  and also features burgers and sandwiches.
The restaurant's menu highlights include a house-made gyro platter and
  pan-seared sea scallops served over spinach.
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