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[os-pree] /ˈɒs pri/
noun, plural ospreys.
Also called fish hawk. a large hawk, Pandion haliaetus, that feeds on fish.
a plume for trimming hats.
Origin of osprey
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English ospray(e) ≪ Latin ossifraga ossifrage; compare Middle French orfraie, offraie, Old French ospres Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for osprey
  • 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.
  • Seals, eagles and osprey are frequently sighted on the waterfront property.
  • There is also an osprey nest that can be viewed from afar.
  • The lake is home to a variety of loons and other shorebirds, osprey and bald eagles.
  • Dolphins, osprey and bald eagles are among the wildlife commonly seen on the tour.
  • Dozens of bird species seek protection in this animal sanctuary, including osprey, moorhens and brown pelicans.
  • On occasion visitors may also see alligators, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife.
British Dictionary definitions for osprey


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

fishing hawk, mid-15c., from Anglo-French ospriet, from Medieval Latin avis prede "bird of prey," from Latin avis praedæ, a generic term apparently confused with this specific bird in Old French on its similarity to ossifrage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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osprey in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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