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- n. A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture.
- n. A shrewish woman.
- n. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
- n. The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
- n. A large and powerful double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia).
French harpie, Latin harpyia, from Ancient Greek root of "to snatch, to seize". Compare rapacious. (Wiktionary)