Definition of osprey
1 : a large fish-eating hawk (Pandion haliaetus) with long wings that is dark brown above and mostly pure white below
2 : a feather trimming used for millinery
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Now Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, wants the osprey recognized as the state raptor.
Hike through a barrens landscape and along the Castle Rock Flowage at Buckhorn State Park, W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, and look for osprey, a Wisconsin threatened species.
Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, who introduced the osprey bill, said earlier this year during a committee hearing that the meadowlark is not an exciting bird.
Mute swans, white pelicans, osprey and bald eagles have been seen at different times among these birds that prefer to nest in colonies, but one time, Connie Witkowski said, there was a successful owl nest oddly among the others.
Firefighters rescued a baby osprey in a residential neighborhood in Polk County east of Lake Wales on Monday, officials said.
USFW crews routinely see fish-hunting birds such as osprey and eagles soar over the rivers, while river otters and beavers are more numerous.
Tall poles supporting crowded osprey nests parallel the road, and herons wade in the shallows.
Scotland's T in the Park at Strathallan Castle this year has been postponed due to protected osprey nests at the site.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
OSPREY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of osprey for English Language Learners
: a large bird that eats fish
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Definition of osprey for Students
: a large hawk that feeds chiefly on fish
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