harpy

Part of speech: noun

A plunderer; extortioner.

Part of speech: noun

Myth. A rapacious and filthy winged monster.

Part of speech: noun

A large American eagle.

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Usage examples "harpy":

  1. " She's an old harpy," declared Joel; " mean, horrid, old thing!" - "Five Little Peppers at School", Margaret Sidney.
  2. And behind it all you feel the hostility of his family, who look upon you as a species of harpy. - "The Song of Songs", Hermann Sudermann.
  3. Tom was tolerably discreet, but Gerald, before long, let out the whole story, greatly to the amusement of the other warrant- officers, who were continually reminding poor Mr Large of his night on " Harpy Island." - "The Three Commanders", W.H.G. Kingston.