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Definition: Thrasaetus harpyia
(h[aum]r"p[y^]), n.; pl. Harpies
harpie, L. harpyia, Gr. "a`rpyia, from the root of "arpa`zein
to snatch, to seize. Cf. Rapacious
1. (Gr. Myth.) A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and
filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a
vulture, with long claws, and the face pale with hunger.
Some writers mention two, others three.
Both table and provisions vanished quite.
With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard.
2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
The harpies about all pocket the pool. --Goldsmith.
(a) The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus [ae]ruginosus
(b) A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged
American eagle (Thrasa["e]tus harpyia
). It ranges
from Texas to Brazil.
(a) An East Indian fruit bat of the genus Harpyia
), having prominent, tubular
(b) A small, insectivorous Indian bat (Harpiocephalus harpia
(Zo["o]l.), the house fly.
, n. [OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob.
named from its color, fr. aquilus dark-colored, brown; cf.
Lith. aklas blind. Cf. Aquiline
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family,
esp. of the genera Aquila
. The eagle
is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure,
keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most
noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysa["e]tus
); the imperial eagle of Europe (Aquila mogilnik
or Aquila imperialis
); the American bald eagle
); the European sea eagle
); and the great harpy eagle
). The figure of the eagle, as the
king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and
also for standards and emblematic devices. See Bald eagle
, and Golden eagle
2. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten
3. (Astron.) A northern constellation, containing Altair, a
star of the first magnitude. See Aquila
4. The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard
of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or
standard of any people.
Though the Roman eagle shadow thee. --Tennyson.
Note: Some modern nations, as the United States, and France
under the Bonapartes, have adopted the eagle as their
national emblem. Russia, Austria, and Prussia have for
an emblem a double-headed eagle.
. See Bald eagle
. See under Bold
, a gold coin of the United States worth twenty
(Zo["o]l.), a large, crested, South American
hawk of the genus Morphnus
(Zo["o]l.), any large owl of the genus Bubo
and allied genera; as the American great horned owl (Bubo Virginianus
), and the allied European species (B. maximus
). See Horned owl
(Zo["o]l.), any large species of ray of the genus
(esp. M. aquila
(Zo["o]l.), a large West African bid
), intermediate, in several
respects, between the eagles and vultures.