Harpy definition

härpē
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A predatory person.
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A shrewish woman.
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(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.
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A relentless, greedy, or grasping person.
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(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.
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A shrewish woman.
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A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture.
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A shrewish woman.

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One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
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The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
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A large and powerful double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
harpy
Plural:
harpies

Origin of harpy

  • Latin harpȳia singular of Latin harpȳiae the Harpies from Greek harpūiai

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French harpie, Latin harpyia, from Ancient Greek Αρπυια (Arpuia) "to snatch, to seize". Compare rapacious.

    From Wiktionary