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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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About us, like buzzards, clustered the sharks and harpies.
They rolled out of the saloon and into the arms of the sharks and harpies.
We all sat in amazed silence round the fire, like the heroes of Virgil when the Harpies came down upon them.
Bute end, as she too much feared they would, in banishing everybody that Miss Crawley loved from her side, and leaving that poor lady a victim to those harpies at the Rectory, Rebecca besought her (Miss Briggs) to remember that her own home, humble as it was, was always open to receive Briggs.
Its brands will include Air Wick, Finish, Calgon, Cillit Bang, Harpie, Lysol, Mortein, Vanish and Woolite.
It was all the doing of his new wife Astrid (a very game Suranne Jones), a transatlantic harpie with one eye on the contents of Brian's wallet and the other on what Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet might be packing in his jeans.
Elsewhere, poisonous harpie Babe visits her sister Sylvie in her care home where the two sisters are soon at each other's throats as Sylvie threatens to go the police and spill the truth about their past.
WE KID NOT Harpie, who lives Stateside, can cover 118ft in 25 seconds
Florence was born in Worcester, the last of seven children, James and Michael Daboul, Emily Carter, Anna Harpie, Betty Bouharoun and Mary Derrico, blessed to Joseph and Rose (Adam) Daboul.
They far outweigh the policies of greed and division introduced by the handbagging harpie.
Ms Sarelee Fisher, on the other hand, is a ginger wig-wearing harpie caked with make-up and bedecked with jewellery.
Mary is survived by a sister, Florence Birmingham of Millbury; nephews and nieces including, Anthony Carter and his wife Joan of Shrewsbury, Elinore Gallo and her husband Al of Worcester, Thomas Harpie and his wife Carol of Shrewsbury, Paulette Shaw and her husband Jim in California, Maryann Padula and her husband Jerry of Waterbury, CT and Rosemarie Daboul in Connecticut.