osprey definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Late Middle English ospray, ultimately ; from Classical Latin ossifraga, osprey, literally , the bone-breaker ; from os, a bone (see ossify) plush frangere, to break
osprey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. os·preys
- A fish-eating hawk (Pandion haliaetus) having plumage that is dark on the back and white below. Also called fish hawk.
- A plume formerly used to trim women's hats.
Origin: Middle English osprai, from Anglo-Norman ospreit, from Medieval Latin avis praedae, bird of prey : Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots + Latin praedae, genitive of praeda, booty, prey; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.