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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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Nicholas Fuqua, Phinneus in The Harpies, was a pleasant but unspectacular tenor surrounded by ghoulish harpies and Argonauts who amusingly could not have seemed less combative.
But Murphy, who conceived the story with his brother Charles, insists on turning Rasputia into the Queen of the Harpies, evil incarnate, the devil in a muumuu.
Are they harpies for justice or angels of letting go?
To be fair to Mr Lyons, he would run rings round many of the London-based public relations blaggers and harpies with their unpronounceable triple-barrelled names.
Named after a foul creature in Greek mythology, a half woman half bird who would snatch away the souls of the dead, harpies are the largest eagles in all the Americas and arguably the world's most powerful eagle.
I particularly enjoyed the scene with the Harpies (horrible flying women- cum-birds who dive-bomb on a blind prophet's food) which was done from high-wires with a pantomime feel.
An absolute must-see, if only for the Harpies with handbags.
This is why the Scottish fear nothing when away from home; you don't have birds the size of dogs that shit at you and attack you while screaming like harpies day and night.
Like the legendary harpies, these new strains, half human half avian, pose an immense public health challenge.
Even women who had abortions morphed from unwomanly harpies into tragic victims of "surgical rape," coerced by greedy abortionists and selfish boyfriends.
Sally struggles to bond with the Underworld harpies and then gets the sack.
The mysterious monsters who lurk beneath the pedestal of the Virgin in Andrea del Sarto's Madonna of the Harpies have been variously interpreted--as sphinxes and locusts as well as harpies.