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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.
well, it turned out he was on the side of the harpies for he pooh-pooed this entire notion of the phoenix being able to rise again.
Frankie is descended from a family dotted with trolls, humans and harpies. Some ancient relatives built the hotel and it is reputedly the best secret holiday destination for magical creatures in the whole of England.
Hordes of ogres, harpies, drakken, minotaurs, manticores, and other creatures of myth and legend slip through portals to terrorize Apex City and the surrounding areas.
Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools," Netflix said of the show in a press release.
She's not "representative" say the harpies. Does that mean she doesn't care?
"Harpies have feet the size of dinner plates and eat monkeys."
Conversely, the ability to deploy several Harpies simultaneously means that they can hold radars at risk simply by loitering in the area of operations, keeping the radars off the air by discouraging operators from activating their equipment.
Anjelica Huston (below) is a perfectly wicked Grand High Witch in Nic Roeg's witty adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book, full of fiendish harpies and hocus pocus.
Sole contender for this week's Airheads award goes to five harpies in London and Cardiff, each from environmental and anarchist groups, who have won the right to claim damages because they were bedded by police officers 'to gather intelligence or for personal gratification'.