Gyrfalcon Gyr"fal`con (j[~e]r"f[add]`k'n), 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 {Falco 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}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Gerfalcon — Ger fal con, n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Gyrfalcon}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gerfalcon — [jʉr′fôl΄kən, jʉr′fô΄kən; jʉr′fal΄kən] n. alt. sp. of GYRFALCON …   English World dictionary

  • gerfalcon — var. of GYRFALCON. * * * noun large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phases • Syn: ↑gyrfalcon, ↑Falco rusticolus • Hypernyms: ↑falcon • Member Holonyms: ↑Falco, ↑genus Falco * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • gerfalcon — /jerr fawl keuhn, fal , faw /, n. gyrfalcon. * * * …   Universalium

  • gerfalcon — n. large and unusual arctic falcon (bird of prey), gyrfalconger·fal·con || dÊ’ÉœrfælkÉ™n / dʒɜːfɔːlkÉ™n …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gerfalcon — ger•fal•con [[t]ˈdʒɜrˌfɔl kən, ˌfæl , ˌfɔ [/t]] n. orn gyrfalcon …   From formal English to slang

  • gerfalcon — /ˈdʒɜfælkən/ (say jerfalkuhn), / fɔl / (say fawl ) noun → gyrfalcon …   Australian English dictionary

  • gerfalcon —   n. large Arctic falcon …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Gerfalcon (novel) — infobox Book | name = Gerfalcon image caption = author = Leslie Barringer country = United Kingdom language = English series = Neustrian Cycle genre = Historical Fantasy novel publisher = William Heinemann Ltd release date = 1927 media type =… …   Wikipedia

  • white gerfalcon — white gerfalcon, the gyrfalcon during its white phase …   Useful english dictionary

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