(hr"p), n.;
pl. Harpies (-pz).
[F. 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.
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Both table and provisions vanished quite.
With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard.
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2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
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The harpies about all pocket the pool.
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3. (Zol.) (a) The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier (Circus ruginosus). (b) A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle (Thrasatus harpyia). It ranges from Texas to Brazil.
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Harpy bat (Zol.) (a) An East Indian fruit bat of the genus Harpyia (esp. Harpyia cephalotes), having prominent, tubular nostrils. (b) A small, insectivorous Indian bat (Harpiocephalus harpia). -- Harpy fly (Zol.), the house fly.
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} (hr"kw*bs), n. [See Arquebus.] A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was subsequently called arquebus with matchlock.
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