Ossifrage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ossifrage (Zoöl) The lammergeir.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ossifrage The osprey.
    • n ossifrage The lammergeier, Gypaëtus barbatus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ossifrage os′i-frāj the sea or bald eagle, common in the United States:
    • n Ossifrage os′i-frāj (B.) the bearded vulture, the largest of European birds.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ossifraga, ossifragus, osprey, fr. ossifragus, bone breaking; os, ossis, a bone + frangere, fractum, to break. See Osseous Break, and cf. Osprey Ossifragous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ossifragus, breaking bones—os, frag, root of frangĕre, fractum, to break.

Usage

In literature:

The ossifrage is a species of eagle.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Haunt him and harry, ossifrage and osprey!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, December 2, 1893" by Various
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