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Ultimately from Middle French harpie, from Latin harpyia, from Ancient Greek Ἅρπυια (Hárpuia, literally snatcher), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, I snatch, seize). Compare rapacious. Middle English had arpie.

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harpy (plural harpies)

  1. A mythological creature generally depicted as a bird-of-prey with the head of maiden, a face pale with hunger and long claws on hers hands personifying the destructive power of storm winds.
  2. A shrewish woman.
    • 1927, Edgar Rice Burrows, The Outlaw of Torn[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
      But her most subtle wiles proved ineffectual in ridding her, even for a moment, of her harpy jailer []
  3. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
    • c. 1772, Oliver Goldsmith, letter to Mrs. Bunbury
      The harpies about me all pocket the pool.
  4. The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus).
  5. A large and powerful double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Harpia harpyja).

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harpy

  1. definite accusative of harp