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n. pl. Har·pies
1. 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.
2. harpy A predatory person.
3. harpy A shrewish woman.
[Latin harpȳia, singular of Latin harpȳiae, the Harpies, from Greek harpūiai.]
n, pl -pies
a cruel grasping woman
[C16: from Latin Harpyia, from Greek Harpuiai the Harpies, literally: snatchers, from harpazein to seize]
n, pl -pies
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a ravenous creature with a woman's head and trunk and a bird's wings and claws
n., pl. -pies.
1. any of a group of winged supernatural beings of classical myth, two or three in number, portrayed by later authors as rapacious female monsters.
2. (l.c.) a scolding, bad-tempered woman; shrew.
3. (l.c.) a greedy, predatory person.
[1540–50; < Latin Harpȳia, singular of Harpȳiae < Greek Hárpȳiai (pl.), literally, snatchers, akin to harpázein to snatch away]
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|Noun||1.||harpy - a malicious woman with a fierce temper|
|2.||Harpy - (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
|3.||harpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes|
|4.||harpy - large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America|
bird of Jove, eagle - any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight