Osprey meaning

ŏsprē, -prā
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A fish-eating raptor (Pandion haliaetus) found almost worldwide, having plumage that is dark on the back and mostly white below.
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A plume formerly used to trim women's hats.
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A large, black-and-white diving bird of prey of a family (Pandionidae) having only one species (Pandion haliaetus): it feeds mainly on fish.
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A bird of prey (Pandion haliaetus) that feeds on fish and has white underparts and long, narrow wings each ending in four finger-like extensions.
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Aigrette (ornamental feather)
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Noun

Singular:
osprey
Plural:
ospreys

Origin of osprey

  • Middle English osprai from Anglo-Norman ospreit from Medieval Latin avis praedae bird of prey Latin avis bird awi- in Indo-European roots Latin praedae genitive of praeda booty, prey ghend- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Late Middle English ospray from Latin ossifragus (“bone-breaker").

    From Wiktionary