Definitions

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

  • n. See lammergeier.
  • n. Archaic An osprey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lammergeier.
  • n. The young of the sea eagle or bald eagle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lammergeir.
  • n. The young of the sea eagle or bald eagle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The osprey.
  • n. The lammergeier, Gypaëtus barbatus.

Etymologies

Latin ossifraga, from ossifragus, bone-breaking : os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ossifraga ("osprey"), ossifragus ("osprey"), from ossifragus ("bone breaking"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bones he cracks [hence the appropriateness of the name ossifrage, i.e., "bone-breaker"] by letting them fall on a rock from a great height.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • It well deserves its name ossifrage, bone breaker, for "not only does he push kids and lambs and even men off the rocks, but he takes the bones of animals that other birds of prey have denuded of the flesh high up into the air and lets them fall upon a stone in order to crack them and render them more digestible even for his enormous powers of deglutition.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • DEU 14: 12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

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  • “Not to eat the pelican, nor the ossifrage, nor the griffin, nor the ixion, nor the eel, nor the hare, because the hare ruminates, and has not its foot cloven.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray

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  • But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Got one step closer to eliminating spam in my ossifrage guestbook.

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  • First, saved from waters of old Nile, among bulrushes, a bed of fasciated wattles: at last the cavity of a mountain, an occulted sepulchre amid the conclamation of the hillcat and the ossifrage.

    Ulysses

  • _ -- Says Pliny, the extremity of the intestine of the ossifrage, if worn as an amulet, is well known to be an excellent remedy for colic.

    Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing

  • From our imperfect knowledge of the natural history of Palestine, Arabia, and the contiguous countries at that time, it is not easy to determine exactly what some of the prohibited birds were; although they must have been all well known among the people to whom these laws were given. the ossifrage -- Hebrew, "bone-breaker," rendered in the Septuagint

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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  • Ow. Anyway it wasn't just that, it's the whole page!

    October 16, 2007

  • What, you don't care for occulted sepulchres amid the conclamation of the hillcat and the ossifrage? Spoilsport.

    October 16, 2007

  • This page hurts my head.

    October 16, 2007

  • A bird word I actually missed! All better now. ;-)

    October 16, 2007

  • quebrantahuesos

    also, osprey

    October 16, 2007

  • Bone-eating vulture - see Lammergeier.

    March 6, 2007

  • "... at last the cavity of a mountain, an occulted sepulchre amid the conclamation of the hillcat and the ossifrage."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 20, 2007