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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. And we looked at each other.
They rolled out of the saloon and into the arms of the sharks and harpies. They didn't last long.
Then Mahbub Ali rolled across the serai to the Gate of the Harpies who paint their eyes and trap the stranger, and was at some pains to call on the one girl who, he had reason to believe, was a particular friend of a smooth-faced Kashmiri pundit who had waylaid his simple Balti in the matter of the telegrams.
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.
Synopsis: Harpie Colcek is a nosy newspaper reporter, whose task is to write an article on a strange blip that appears on the North American Air Defense's radar screen each Christmas Eve.
Its brands will include Air Wick, Finish, Calgon, Cillit Bang, Harpie, Lysol, Mortein, Vanish and Woolite.
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.
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.