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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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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.
And in no time I will become known as the hatchet harpie in No 10.
it's tolerable only when Parker's 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).
Funny thing it's tolerable only when Longoria's awful harpie is out of sight.
WORST new face is harpie Anne Robinson, whose skin is so tight we'll have to scrape her face off the walls if she takes a sneezing fit.
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.
And in those days, even if JFK had told a harpie that his wife Jackie was not up to it in bed (as, claims crocodile-teared Monica, Clinton told her about Hillary) there would have been no grand jury either able or willing to listen to it.
While I had turned into a screeching harpie, the voice at the end of the line remained irritatingly calm.
Alicia Silverstone's portrayal of this mischief-making harpie is so accurate you'll wish she'd stayed in the boot.