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Meaning of HARPY

Pronunciation:  'hârpee, 'hârpee

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

HARPY is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: Harpia harpyja, harpy bat, harpy eagle, hellcat, tube-nosed bat, tube-nosed fruit bat, vixen
 See Also: bird of Jove, disagreeable woman, eagle, fruit bat, genus Harpia, genus Nyctimene, Harpia, megabat, mythical creature, mythical monster, Nyctimene, unpleasant woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Har"py\, n.; pl. {Harpies}. [F. harpie, L. harpyia, Gr.
?, from the root of ? to snatch, to seize. Gf. {Rapacious}.]
1. (Gr. Myth.) 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.

         Both table and provisions vanished guite. With sound
         of harpies' wings and talons heard.   --Milton.

2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.

         The harpies about all pocket the pool. --Goldsmith.

3. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier ({Circus
   (b) A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged
       American eagle ({Thrasa["e]tus harpyia}). It ranges
       from Texas to Brazil.

{Harpy bat} (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) An East Indian fruit bat of the genus {Harpyia} (esp.
       {H. cerphalotes}), having prominent, tubular nostrils.
   (b) A small, insectivorous Indian bat ({Harpiocephalus

{Harpy fly} (Zo["o]l.), the house fly.

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