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osprey

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noun os·prey \ˈäs-prē, -ˌprā\

Simple Definition of osprey

  • : a large bird that eats fish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of osprey

plural

ospreys

  1. 1 :  a large fish-eating hawk (Pandion haliaetus) with long wings that is dark brown above and mostly pure white below

  2. 2 :  a feather trimming used for millinery

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Origin and Etymology of osprey

Middle English ospray, from Anglo-French *osfraie, from Latin ossifraga, a bird of prey


First Known Use: 15th century


OSPREY Defined for Kids

osprey

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noun os·prey \ˈäs-prē\

Definition of osprey for Students

plural

ospreys

  1. :  a large hawk that feeds chiefly on fish




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