from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A predatory person.
- n. A shrewish woman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture, with long claws, and the face pale with hunger. Some writers mention two, others three.
- n. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
- n. The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus æruginosus).
- n. A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaëtus harpyia). It ranges from Texas to Brazil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face and body of a woman and the wings of a bird of prey, with the feet and fingers armed with sharp claws and the face pale with hunger, serving as a minister of divine vengeance, and defiling everything it touched.
- n. Hence A rapacious, grasping person; one who is repulsively greedy and unfeeling.
- n. In ornithology: The harpy-eagle.
- n. An English book-name of the marsh-harrier or moor-buzzard, Circus æruginosus. Also called white - headed harpy.
- n. In mammalogy, a fruit-bat of the genus Harpyia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
- n. large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America
- n. a malicious woman with a fierce temper
- n. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman
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