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
- genus Nyctimene
noun. (Greek mythology) vicious winged monster; often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman.
- mythical creature
noun. large black-and-white crested eagle of tropical America.
- genus Harpia
- bird of Jove
- harpy eagle
noun. a malicious woman with a fierce temper.
- unpleasant woman
- disagreeable woman
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.