Harpy bat
Harpy Har"py (h[aum]r"p[y^]), n.; pl. {Harpies} (-p[i^]z). [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. [1913 Webster]

Both table and provisions vanished quite. With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner. [1913 Webster]

The harpies about all pocket the pool. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) (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. [1913 Webster]

{Harpy bat} (Zo["o]l.) (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} (Zo["o]l.), the house fly. [1913 Webster]


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  • harpy bat — noun any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes • Syn: ↑harpy, ↑tube nosed bat, ↑tube nosed fruit bat • Hypernyms: ↑fruit bat, ↑megabat • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Harpy — Har py (h[aum]r p[y^]), n.; pl. {Harpies} ( p[i^]z). [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harpy fly — Harpy Har py (h[aum]r p[y^]), n.; pl. {Harpies} ( p[i^]z). [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harpy Fruit Bat — Taxobox name = Harpy Fruit Bat status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Chiroptera familia = Pteropodidae genus = Harpyionycteris species = H. whiteheadi binomial = Harpyionycteris… …   Wikipedia

  • fruit bat — noun large Old World bat of warm and tropical regions that feeds on fruit • Syn: ↑megabat • Hypernyms: ↑bat, ↑chiropteran • Hyponyms: ↑flying fox, ↑Pteropus capestratus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tube-nosed bat — noun any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes • Syn: ↑harpy, ↑harpy bat, ↑tube nosed fruit bat • Hypernyms: ↑fruit bat, ↑megabat • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tube-nosed fruit bat — noun any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑harpy, ↑harpy bat, ↑tube nosed bat • Hypernyms: ↑fruit bat, ↑megabat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mariana Fruit Bat — Conservation status Endangered (IUCN 2 …   Wikipedia

  • Tailess fruit bat — Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 2.3) Scientific classification King …   Wikipedia

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