- [H-]Gr. Myth. any of several hideous, filthy, rapacious winged monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, legs, and talons of a bird
- a relentless, greedy, or grasping person
- a shrewish woman
- harpy eagle
Origin of harpyMiddle French harpie from Classical Latin harpyia from Classical Greek harpyiai, plural , literally , snatchers from harpazein, to snatch from Indo-European an unverified form serp- from base an unverified form ser-, sickle, curved hook from source Classical Latin sarpere, to prune
- Greek Mythology One of several loathsome, voracious monsters with the head and trunk of a woman and the tail, wings, and talons of a bird.
- harpy A predatory person.
- harpy A shrewish woman.
Origin of HarpyLatin harpéia singular of Latin harpéiae the Harpies from Greek harpūiai
- A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture.
- A shrewish woman.
- One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
- The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
- A large and powerful double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia).