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Definition of "gyrfalcon" [gyr•fal•con]

  • A large falcon (Falco rusticolus) of Arctic regions, having color phases that range from black to gray to white. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gyrfalcon" in a sentence
  • "The bony fingers that grabbed her wrist this time had all the strength of a gyrfalcon."
  • "At one time, the type of falcon an Englishman was allowed to own marked his rank: a king carried the gyrfalcon; an earl, the peregrine; a yeoman, the goshawk; the priest, the sparrow hawk; and a servant, the kestrel."
  • "Last night the two had finally been spotted just before sunset, and the gryphon in question, a gyrfalcon-type with amazing speed, had come rushing back to the Vale as fast as she could with the news."