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in Greek mythology, winged women with sharp claws who snatched food, objects, or people.



harpy eagle:

see eagleeagle,
common name for large predatory birds of the family Accipitridae (hawk family), found in all parts of the world. Eagles are similar to the buteos, or buzzard hawks, but are larger both in length and in wingspread (up to 7 1-2 ft/228 cm) and have beaks nearly as long as
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foul-smelling creature; half-vulture, half-woman. [Gk. Myth.: Mercatante, 212–213]
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I know this is true because Gordo, Harriet Harpie and Lord Mandacity turned up in person this morning with 15 or so of their largest aides to point this out in no uncertain terms.
What follows is a colourful tale designed to move, entertain and amaze, with dramatic set pieces and captivating spectacles peopled by creatures such as the half- monster Caliban, the terrifying harpie and mesmerising sea spirits ( all interwoven with some of Shakespeare's most lyrical and poignant writing.
Oh, and lose the harpie asking people in pubs for their opinions.
Funny thing it's tolerable only when Longoria's awful harpie is out of sight.
In all honesty the acting's wildly uneven, the narrative often undisciplined, repetitive and hesitant and some of the C-movie effects unintentionally hilarious (look out for the harpie that resembles an inflatable doll whizzing round the sky).
And in no time I will become known as the hatchet harpie in No 10.
She makes her cartel princess utterly repellent - transformed into a vindictive harpie every time she snorts some of Jung's wares up her nose.
Her wholesome looks and upbeat demeanor make it hard to conceive of her as the manipulative harpie Russell's embittered father (David Groh) makes her out to be.
Alicia Silverstone's portrayal of this mischief-making harpie is so accurate you'll wish she'd stayed in the boot.
While I had turned into a screeching harpie, the voice at the end of the line remained irritatingly calm.
NOW Donald knows he wed a homicidal harpie, what will his reaction be?