Definition of harpy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrpi//
    (pl. harpies)
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  1. 1 (in ancient Greek and Roman stories) a cruel creature with a woman’s head and body and a bird’s wings and feet
  2. 2a cruel woman
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin harpyia, from Greek harpuiai ‘snatchers’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harpy