from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large falcon of arctic Europe, Falco gyrfalco, or one of other kinds of boreal falcons forming the subgenus Hierofalco, of large size, very robust organization, and highly raptorial nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) See gyrfalcon.

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  • noun Alternative form of gyrfalcon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large and rare Arctic falcon having white and dark color phases


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