1. harpy

noun. any of various fruit bats of the genus Nyctimene distinguished by nostrils drawn out into diverging tubes.


  • tube-nosed fruit bat
  • tube-nosed bat
  • harpy bat
  • megabat
  • Nyctimene
  • genus Nyctimene

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2. Harpy

noun. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman.


  • mythical creature

3. harpy

noun. large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America.


  • eagle
  • Harpia
  • genus Harpia
  • bird of Jove
  • harpy eagle

4. harpy

noun. a malicious woman with a fierce temper.


  • unpleasant woman
  • disagreeable woman
  • vixen

Example sentences of the word harpy

1. Noun, singular or mass
Among the more formidable features of harpy eagles are their 5 inch talons, which are as long as a grizzly bear's claws.

2. Verb, base form
Several adaptations help harpy eagles catch and feed on their prey.