Definition of Harpy

1. Noun. A malicious woman with a fierce temper.

Exact synonyms: Hellcat, Vixen
Generic synonyms: Disagreeable Woman, Unpleasant Woman



2. Noun. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Creature, Mythical Monster

3. Noun. Any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes.
Exact synonyms: Harpy Bat, Tube-nosed Bat, Tube-nosed Fruit Bat
Generic synonyms: Fruit Bat, Megabat
Group relationships: Genus Nyctimene, Nyctimene

4. Noun. Large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America.
Exact synonyms: Harpia Harpyja, Harpy Eagle
Generic synonyms: Bird Of Jove, Eagle
Group relationships: Genus Harpia, Harpia

Definition of Harpy

1. 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.

Definition of Harpy

1. Noun. A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture. ¹

2. Noun. A shrewish woman ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Harpy

1. a shrewish person [n -PIES]

Medical Definition of Harpy

1. 1. 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. "Both table and provisions vanished guite. With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard." (Milton) 2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner. "The harpies about all pocket the pool." (Goldsmith) 3. The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus). A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). It ranges from Texas to Brazil. 4. Harpy bat, an East Indian fruit bat of the genus Harpyia (especially. H. Cerphalotes), having prominent, tubular nostrils. A small, insectivorous Indian bat (Harpiocephalus harpia). 5. Harpy fly, the house fly. F. Harpie, L. Harpyia, Gr, from the root of to snatch, to seize. Gf. Rapacious. (06 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Harpy

harpooner
harpooners
harpooning
harpoons
harpress
harps
harpsichon
harpsichons
harpsichord
harpsichordist
harpsichordists
harpsichordlike
harpsichords
harpulla
harpullia
harpy (current term)
harpy bat
harpy eagle
harpy eagles
harpyish
harpylike
harquebus
harquebuse
harquebuses
harquebusier
harquebusiers
harquebusses
harquebuze
harquebuzes
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Literary usage of Harpy

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1. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley (1859)
"according to the stories of the Indian in tants; making due allowance for popular exaggeration, it is evident from the description of Sonnini that the harpy ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"A MODERN harpy From the < Memoirs ' THE Princesse d'Harcourt was a sort of personage whom it is good to make known, in order better to lay bare a court ..."

3. A Collection of State Papers Relative to the War Against France Now Carrying by John Bebrett (1800)
"At one o'clock, the harpy having formed ... As foon as the damages the Fairy and harpy had ... 1 received from Captain Bazely in the harpy, ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"harpy, a bird of prey, of the subfamily aquilina or eagles ... The harpy eagle lives in the dark forests of intertropical America, especially near the ..."

5. Outlines of the History of Art by Wilhelm L├╝bke, Clarence Cook (1877)
"From the harpy Monument from Xanthus. British Museum. Most important are the reliefs discovered at Xanthus in Lycia, and now to be seen in the British ..."

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