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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology One of several loathsome, voracious monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
  • n. A predatory person.
  • n. A shrewish woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture, with long claws, and the face pale with hunger. Some writers mention two, others three.
  • n. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
  • n.
  • n. The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus æruginosus).
  • n. A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaëtus harpyia). It ranges from Texas to Brazil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, a winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face and body of a woman and the wings of a bird of prey, with the feet and fingers armed with sharp claws and the face pale with hunger, serving as a minister of divine vengeance, and defiling everything it touched.
  • n. Hence A rapacious, grasping person; one who is repulsively greedy and unfeeling.
  • n. In ornithology: The harpy-eagle.
  • n. An English book-name of the marsh-harrier or moor-buzzard, Circus æruginosus. Also called white - headed harpy.
  • n. In mammalogy, a fruit-bat of the genus Harpyia.

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

  • n. any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
  • n. large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America
  • n. a malicious woman with a fierce temper
  • n. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman

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