Definition of Osprey

1. Noun. Large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years.

Exact synonyms: Fish Eagle, Fish Hawk, Pandion Haliaetus, Sea Eagle
Generic synonyms: Hawk
Group relationships: Genus Pandion, Pandion

Definition of Osprey

1. n. The fishhawk.

Definition of Osprey

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. aigrette (ornamental feather) ¹

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Definition of Osprey

1. an American hawk [n -PREYS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Osprey

osprey (current term)
ossa carpi
ossa clitoridis
ossa cranii
ossa digitorum
ossa faciei
ossa membri inferioris
ossa membri superioris
ossa suturarum
ossa tarsi

Literary usage of Osprey

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1. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"The osprey has also suffered very much in her sails and rigging ; and I am sorry to add, ... I have further to inform you, that on the 25th, the osprey and ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists (1869)
"In the osprey the wings denote great power; they are acute and long, and, ... The stiff, elastic quill- feathers arising from the wing of the osprey, ..."

3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1894)
"The Canada Goose and osprey laying in the same Nest.—Mr. Charles de B. Green, who spends a good deal of his spare time in making collections for the Museum, ..."

4. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"osprey. Bill short, as broad as deep at the base, the sides convex, ... THE FISH HAWK, OR osprey. PANDION HALIAETUS, Savig. PLATE XV.—MALE. ..."

5. The Tichborne Trial: The Summing-up by the Lord Chief Justice of England by Alexander James Edmund Cockburn, Arthur Orton (1874)
"When he reverts to the osprey he is in total ignorance of what the place was to which the captain took him. He believed the captain took him to the ..."

6. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner (1896)
"THE FISH-HAWK, OR osprey THE regular arrival of this noted bird at the vernal equinox ... The sailing osprey high is seen to soar. With broad unmoving wing, ..."

7. A history of British birds by Francis Orpen Morris (1851)
"How many of those who shall read the following description of the osprey, have taken the 'grand tour' of Sutherlandshire? In that desolate and romantic ..."

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