All of this seemed incredible to the simple-minded girl, but the Harpy was able to show receipts for the money thus expended.
Madame Beattie was a familiar name to them, but they had never heard she was a Harpy.
She placed it in the hand of La Corriveau, whose long fingers clutched it like the talons of a Harpy.
“Harpy it might have been, but happy it was not,” he answered with a groan.
One is bound to be courteous to a lady, even though that lady be a Harpy.
Their hands, when they possessed them, were like Harpy claws.
Love is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant—a Harpy that devours everything.
Well, Ned,” said Jack, “do you wish yourself on board the Harpy again?
Any one who was listening to our conversation would get the impression that she was as ugly and voracious as a Harpy.
“The Harpy is standing in with a breeze from the offing,” said Gascoigne to Easy.
late 14c., from Old French harpie (14c.), from Greek Harpyia (plural), literally "snatchers," probably related to harpazein "to snatch" (see rapid). Metaphoric extension to "greedy person" is c.1400.
In Homer they are merely personified storm winds, who were believed to have carried off any person that had suddenly disappeared. In Hesiod they are fair-haired and winged maidens who surpass the winds in swiftness, and are called Aello and Ocypete; but in later writers they are represented as disgusting monsters, with heads like maidens, faces pale with hunger, and claws like those of birds. The harpies ministered to the gods as the executors of vengeance. ["American Cyclopædia," 1874]