He grew sick as the harpies of recollection and thought rushed upon him from all quarters.
On this they are immediately set upon by Jews and harpies of every description.
Whenever a meal was spread for the king, the harpies used to descend and devour it.
So the harpies were justified, so far as this one phenomenon was concerned.
He knew the course to Colchis, and offered to tell it, if the Argonauts would free him from the harpies.
harpies of this ilk are the bane of sight-seeing all the world over.
So are the harpies, and Medusa, and the Fates who measure and cut and spin.
This stranger was Astolpho, who drove the harpies to Cocy´tus.
While they were feasting on the flesh of these creatures, the harpies appeared.
Blair, an Englishman, finds fault with the picture of the harpies in Virgil.
late 14c., from Old French harpie (14c.), from Greek Harpyia (plural), literally "snatchers," probably related to harpazein "to snatch" (see rapid). Metaphoric extension to "greedy person" is c.1400.
In Homer they are merely personified storm winds, who were believed to have carried off any person that had suddenly disappeared. In Hesiod they are fair-haired and winged maidens who surpass the winds in swiftness, and are called Aello and Ocypete; but in later writers they are represented as disgusting monsters, with heads like maidens, faces pale with hunger, and claws like those of birds. The harpies ministered to the gods as the executors of vengeance. ["American Cyclopædia," 1874]