noun (plural ospreys) Etymology: Middle English ospray, from Anglo-French *osfraie, from Latin ossifraga, a bird of prey Date: 15th century 1. a large fish-eating hawk (Pandion haliaetus) with long wings that is dark brown above and mostly pure white below 2. a feather trimming used for millinery

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