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

     

    harpy

     noun
    noun
    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 Origin late Middle English: from Latin harpyia, from Greek harpuiai ‘snatchers’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harpy