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osprey

[ os-pree ]
/ ˈɒs pri /
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noun, plural os·preys.
Also called fish hawk. a large hawk, Pandion haliaetus, that feeds on fish.
a plume for trimming hats.
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Origin of osprey

1425–75; late Middle English ospray(e) ≪ Latin ossifragaossifrage; compare Middle French orfraie, offraie,Old French ospres

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British Dictionary definitions for osprey

osprey
/ (ˈɒsprɪ, -preɪ) /

noun
a large broad-winged fish-eating diurnal bird of prey, Pandion haliaetus, with a dark back and whitish head and underparts: family PandioridaeOften called (US and Canadian): fish hawk
any of the feathers of various other birds, used esp as trimming for hats

Word Origin for osprey

C15: from Old French ospres, apparently from Latin ossifraga, literally: bone-breaker, from os bone + frangere to break
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