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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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Historic and present distribution of the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) in Panama.
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At that point, the only things in the Guyanese jungle wider than the wingspan of the enormous Harpy Eagle were the amazed smiles of the two Scots there to witness it.
An 1840 coloured engraving shows the Revenue cutter Harpy chasing a smuggler's ship.
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