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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.
Like Harpy, Mectron's MAR-1 ARM is shrouded in mystery.
And the Scots were key members of the group, which also included British naturalist, writer and TV presenter Steve Backshall, who not only found the very rare Harpy, but got extremely precious footage of all kinds of unusual creatures.
CHASE IS ON: An 1840 coloured engraving showing cutter Harpy chasing a smuggling ship
In the case of Lehmann's film, that obstacle is Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson's poorly constructed script that paints the character of Daphne as an unsympathetic, shrill harpy.
Britain has been displayed to the world as a pack of moronic guttersnipes led by a screaming harpy, backed up by two giggling hyenas and a boyfriend who has hanger-on lettered through him like Blackpool rock.
Turner has long been a harpy about contemporary accounting practices, but he also aims a few well-honed barbs about the cyclical nature of regulation.
1996 Isaiah Washington and HarPy Lennix play lovers on board a bus bound for the Million Man March in Spike Lee's Get on the Bus.
For we have endured the harpy shriek and perpetual fear of dive-bomb attack from the mutant seagull of the northeast.
10) At that time the so-called harpy on the right side of the pedestal was almost entirely destroyed; the only traces remaining were the border of the right wing and her upper face.