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Har·py

 (här′pē)
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.]

harpy

(ˈhɑːpɪ)
n, pl -pies
a cruel grasping woman
[C16: from Latin Harpyia, from Greek Harpuiai the Harpies, literally: snatchers, from harpazein to seize]

Harpy

(ˈhɑːpɪ)
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

Har•py

(ˈhɑr pi)

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]
harp′y•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harpy - a malicious woman with a fierce temperharpy - a malicious woman with a fierce temper
disagreeable woman, unpleasant woman - a woman who is an unpleasant person
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
mythical creature, mythical monster - a monster renowned in folklore and myth
3.harpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubesharpy - any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
fruit bat, megabat - large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit
genus Nyctimene, Nyctimene - East Indian fruit bats
4.harpy - large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical Americaharpy - 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
genus Harpia, Harpia - a genus of Accipitridae

harpy

noun
A person, traditionally a woman, who persistently nags or criticizes:
Informal: battle-ax.
Translations

harpy

[ˈhɑːpɪ] Narpía f

harpy

[ˈhɑːrpi] n
(in mythology)harpie f
(pejorative) (= woman) → mégère f, harpie f

harpy

nHarpyie f; (= shrewish woman)Hexe f; (= grasping person)Hyäne f

Harpy

[ˈhɑːpɪ] n (Myth) (fig) → arpia
References in classic literature ?
Immediately he took the shape of a harpy, and, filled with rage, was determined to devour his son, and even the Princess too, if only he could overtake them.
Nothing short of the twelve dollars and a half will satisfy this harpy, I perceive; and surely my reputation as judge is worth that trifle.
But her most subtle wiles proved ineffectual in ridding her, even for a moment, of her harpy jailer; and now that the final summons had come she was beside herself for a lack of means to thwart her captor.
What a little harpy that woman from Hampshire is, Clump," Squills remarked, "that has seized upon old Tilly Crawley.
Harpy women who lust after flesh resembling their own.
However, Rachel isn't the scheming harpy Philip imagined and he gradually succumbs to her radiant beauty.
The angelic light outside the harpy and the scout signify a celestial being, these two could even be on the same level as Bard or Aurelion Sol.
She goes to the rescue of her stepbrother Martin and mum Sophie, who are being plagued by a hissing harpy when the lights are turned out.
Among the myriad of strange creatures that one finds in the realm of ancient Greek mythology, one of the most grotesque and fearsome is the being known as a Harpy.
Varys the Spider never gets old in performing his wiles as he spoke with a woman named Vala who conspired with the Sons of Harpy to murder the members of the Unsullied and Second Sons.
One method that demonstrates it can be done is a Chinese system that mounts 18 Harpy unmanned combat air vehicles on a single 5-ton truck using a system similar to a Multiple Launch Rocket System.
For more experienced birders, it's often something stunning such as the Harpy Eagle (South America) or Resplendant Quetzal (Central America).