Definition of osprey in English:

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osprey

Pronunciation: /ˈɒspri/
Pronunciation: /ˈɒspreɪ/

noun (plural ospreys)

A large fish-eating bird of prey with long, narrow wings and a white underside and crown, found throughout the world. Also called fish hawk.
  • Pandion haliaetus, the only member of the family Pandionidae.
Example sentences
  • But they're finding it difficult to get research support for their concerns about ospreys and sea eagles.
  • The creek also is home to ospreys and great blue herons.
  • Among the nearly 200 species found here are thicket tinamou, brown pelican, osprey, king vulture, and laughing gull.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French ospres, apparently based on Latin ossifraga (mentioned by Pliny and identified with the lammergeier), from os 'bone' + frangere 'to break', probably because of the lammergeier's habit of dropping bones from a height to break them and reach the marrow.

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