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Definition of 'harpy'


  1. a malicious woman with a fierce temper
       Synonyms: vixen hellcat
  2. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman
  3. any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes
       Synonyms: harpy bat tube-nosed bat tube-nosed fruit bat
  4. large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America
       Synonyms: harpy eagle Harpia harpyja

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