Definitions for: Gyrfalcon


[n] large and rare arctic falcon having white and dark color phases



Webster (1913) Definition: Gyr"fal`con, n. [OE. gerfaucon, OF. gerfaucon, LL.
gyrofalco, perh. fr. L. gyrus circle + falco falcon, and
named from its circling flight; or cf. E. gier-eagle. See
Gyre, n., Falcon.] (Zo["o]l.)
One of several species and varieties of large Arctic falcons,
esp. Falco rusticolus and the white species {F.
Islandicus}, both of which are circumpolar. The black and the
gray are varieties of the former. See Illust. of Accipiter.
[Written also gerfalcon, gierfalcon, and jerfalcon.]

Synonyms: Falco rusticolus, gerfalcon

See Also: Falco, falcon, genus Falco

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