noun, plural ospreys.
Also called fish hawk. a large hawk, Pandion haliaetus, that feeds on fish.
a plume for trimming hats.

1425–75; late Middle English ospray(e) ≪ Latin ossifraga ossifrage; compare Middle French orfraie, offraie, Old French ospres

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osprey (ˈɒsprɪ, -preɪ)
1.  Often called (US and Canadian): fish hawk a large broad-winged fish-eating diurnal bird of prey, Pandion haliaetus, with a dark back and whitish head and underparts: family Pandioridae
2.  any of the feathers of various other birds, used esp as trimming for hats
[C15: from Old French ospres, apparently from Latin ossifraga, literally: bone-breaker, from os bone + frangere to break]

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Word Origin & History

fishing hawk, c.1460, from Anglo-Fr. ospriet, from M.L. avis prede "bird of prey," from L. avis praedæ, a generic term apparently confused with this specific bird in O.Fr. on its similarity to ossifrage.
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Osprey definition

Heb. 'ozniyyah, an unclean bird according to the Mosaic law (Lev. 11:13; Deut. 14:12); the fish-eating eagle (Pandion haliaetus); one of the lesser eagles. But the Hebrew word may be taken to denote the short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus of Southern Europe), one of the most abundant of the eagle tribe found in Palestine.

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Example sentences
Bald eagles, osprey, a panoply of duck species and other water birds make
  frequent appearances.
In summer these trees perfume the coast and support osprey nests.
The only exceptions are those species that are specialist fishermen, such as
  the osprey, the bald eagle and the fishing owl.
Bald eagles as well as osprey make their nests in the island's trees and hunt
  in the surrounding waters.
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