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Ospreyn. [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.].
     The fishhawk (Pandion haliaetus).  [1913 Webster]


Osprey, n. (pl. -eys)
1 a large bird of prey, Pandion haliaetus, with a brown back and white markings, feeding on fish. Also called fish-hawk.
2 a plume on a woman's hat.

ME f. OF ospres app. ult. f. L ossifraga osprey f. os bone + frangere break

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