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Harpy,

in Greek mythology, winged women with sharp claws who snatched food, objects, or people.

harpy

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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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harpy

foul-smelling creature; half-vulture, half-woman. [Gk. Myth.: Mercatante, 212–213]
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