from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of fossil shells, of the group Ostracea, oblong and somewhat triangular in shape, the hinge being formed by two projecting teeth. It is now included in the genus Plicatula.
  • n. The typical genus of Harpagidæ.


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  • Every ship will have the harpax for hauling those elephants in from a distance, and as many hooked gangplanks as possible.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The harpax, sheared oars, and marines to follow invariably meant a doomed quarry.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But Agrippa’s ships were more aggressive, and armed with a typically Agrippan secret weapon—the harpax.

    Antony and Cleopatra


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