osprey

noun os·prey \ ˈä-sprē , -ˌsprā \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of osprey

plural ospreys
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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Origin and Etymology of osprey

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


OSPREY Defined for English Language Learners

osprey

noun

Definition of osprey for English Language Learners

  • : a large bird that eats fish


OSPREY Defined for Kids

osprey

noun os·prey \ ˈäs-prē \

Definition of osprey for Students

plural ospreys
:a large hawk that feeds chiefly on fish


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