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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n osprey large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Osprey (Zoöl) The fishhawk (Pandion haliaetus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n osprey A diurnal bird of prey of the family Falconidæ and the genus Pandion; a fish-hawk. There is probably but one species, Pandion haliaetus, of almost world-wide distribution, running into several geographical races or varieties which have been specifically named. It is a large hawk, nearly or quite 2 feet long, and 4½ feet In extent of wings, of a dark Vandyke brown above, the feathers more or less laced with white, the head, neck, and under parts white, with blackish streaks on the crown, a blackish postocular stripe on the nape, and the breast more or less covered with dusky spots. The coloration varies much in the relative amounts of light and dark colors, and the young are darker than the old birds. The feet are, very large and roughly granulated, and the talons are all of great size; the outer toe is versatile. The osprey builds a bulky nest in a tree, on a rock, or on the ground, and the nests sometimes acquire enormous dimensions from yearly repairs and additions. The eggs, two or three in number, average about 2.5 by 1.75 inches in size, and are usually heavily marked with various shades of browns and reds. The fish-hawk, as its name implies, feeds on fish, which it catches by plunging from on the wing. Also called fishing-hawk, fishing-eagle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Osprey os′prā the fish-hawk, a species of eagle very common on the coast of North America.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Through OF. fr. L. ossifraga,orig., the bone breaker); prob. influenced by oripelargus,mountain stork, a kind of eagle, Gr. ); cf. OF. orpres, and F. orfraie,. See Ossifrage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from ossifrage, which see.


In literature:

Yes, the osprey was a wonderful fisherman, who could snatch a fish from the water in his sure claws.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
With such protection, therefore, the osprey is one of the securest birds in America.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It represented an osprey tugging a fish from some sea rocks.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Sea birds screamed low over the waters, and ospreys wheeled high in the air.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Round her neck was a string of large pearls, and in her hair was a jewelled osprey.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
Dusk was now closing in on the dark and frowning tower that was perched like an osprey upon the basalt cliffs that overlooked the sea.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
"The King's Warrant" by Alfred H. Engelbach
OSPREY, preying on Black-fowls, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
And even through the stiff fabric of the Osprey suit, he felt that the dog was trembling.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
It is the nest of a pair of ospreys.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick

In poetry:

She listen'd–'twas the wind's low moan,
'Twas the ripple of the wave,
'Twas the wakening osprey's cry alone,
As it started from its cave.
"Ulla, Or The Adjuration" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
I long to see the solan-goose
Wing over Ailsa crag
At dusk again--or Girvan gulls at dawn;
To see the osprey grayly glide
The winds of Kamasaig:
For grayness now my heart is set upon.
"The Song Of The Homesick Gael" by Cale Young Rice
Fond of rambling, I hunted the shark 'long the beach,
And no osprey in ether soared out of my reach;
And the bear that I pinched 'twixt my finger and thumb,
Like the lynx and the wolf, perished harmless and dumb.
"The Giant In Glee" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Photographer Bruce Dana captured an Osprey with a fish recently near Chippewa Bay.
COYOTE & OSPREY under sail.
If you've built a couple of non-ARF helicopters in the past there won't be any real surprises here, but definitely follow the instructions as the Osprey doesn't function like a normal heli.
That was, until a pair of Ospreys decided to make a home on top of their construction crane.
ViewCast is now shipping its new HD video capture card, the Osprey -700 HD.
The Air Force began using Ospreys in 2008 after testing the aircraft in 2006.
ViewCast has unveiled the Osprey Ease, an editing system that combines its Osprey -300 video-capture card with Adobe Premiere Elements edit and post-production software.
During my walk at Alki Beach this morning I got pictures of an Osprey catching a fish for breakfast.
Osprey Aircraft Fly To Okinawa Despite Protests.
Ospreys return to Lake Norman every March to spend the spring and summer hunting fish and raising a nest full of chicks.
Ospreys make their nests on channel markers, power poles and other high structures close to water.
Osprey takes landing practice.
Baton Rouge police have pinpointed the suspect in a shooting off Osprey .
He's accused of shooting and robbing a 29 year old man around 10:30 Monday morning on Osprey .
Hollis found not one, but two Ospreys trapped.