American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fish-eating hawk (Pandion haliaetus) having plumage that is dark on the back and white below. Also called fish hawk.
- n. A plume formerly used to trim women's hats.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A diurnal bird of prey of the family Falconidæ and the genus Pandion; a fish-hawk. There is probably but one species, Pandion haliaetus, of almost world-wide distribution, running into several geographical races or varieties which have been specifically named. It is a large hawk, nearly or quite 2 feet long, and 4½ feet In extent of wings, of a dark Vandyke brown above, the feathers more or less laced with white, the head, neck, and under parts white, with blackish streaks on the crown, a blackish postocular stripe on the nape, and the breast more or less covered with dusky spots. The coloration varies much in the relative amounts of light and dark colors, and the young are darker than the old birds. The feet are, very large and roughly granulated, and the talons are all of great size; the outer toe is versatile. The osprey builds a bulky nest in a tree, on a rock, or on the ground, and the nests sometimes acquire enormous dimensions from yearly repairs and additions. The eggs, two or three in number, average about 2.5 by 1.75 inches in size, and are usually heavily marked with various shades of browns and reds. The fish-hawk, as its name implies, feeds on fish, which it catches by plunging from on the wing. Also called fishing-hawk, fishing-eagle.
- n. A bird of prey (Pandion haliaetus) that feeds on fish and has white underparts and long, narrow wings each ending in four finger-like extensions.
- n. aigrette (ornamental feather)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The fishhawk (Pandion haliaetus).
- n. large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
- From Late Middle English ospray from Latin ossifragus ("bone-breaker"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English osprai, from Anglo-Norman ospreit, from Medieval Latin avis praedae, bird of prey : Latin avis, bird; + Latin praedae, genitive of praeda, booty, prey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An eagle flew overhead, then a bird Alex said was called an osprey.”
“The osprey is a cuter as well as a heavier bird, and, in the phrase of the blacks, “That fella carn let go!””
“Yes, the osprey was a wonderful fisherman, who could snatch a fish from the water in his sure claws.”
“The osprey is a cuter as well as a heavier bird, and, in the phrase of the blacks, "That fella carn let go!”
“Lucien informed them that the osprey is a bird common to both”
“The osprey is a bird of the falcon tribe, and one of the largest of the genus -- measuring two feet from bill to tail, with an immense spread of wing in proportion, being nearly six feet from tip to tip.”
“Birds such as osprey Pandion haliaetus and peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus occur within the designated areas.”
“The site has a rich marine fauna and is a key site for species such as osprey and bearded vultures.”
“Untroubled by these strange events, a young woman walks calmly towards the castle, a little further on, carrying a basket of eggs and butter on her head, and above her some new kind of osprey flies away with a protesting pike.”
“A few days after, another incident occurred to our voyageurs, which illustrated the habits of a very interesting bird, the "osprey," or fish-hawk, as it is more familiarly known in America.”
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