noun pl. ospreys
Origin: LME ospray, ult. < L ossifraga, osprey, lit., the bone-breaker < os, a bone (see ossify) + frangere, to break
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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.