- Also called fish hawk. a large hawk, Pandion haliaetus, that feeds on fish.
- a plume for trimming hats.
Origin of osprey
Examples from the Web for osprey
The most recent Osprey crash occurred April 11 during an annual exercise in Morocco, killing two Marines.
In that same year a devastating audio recording surfaced of the commanding officer of the Osprey squadron.
However, the Osprey continues today with a less-than-perfect record.
According to an NPR report, American Marines, using an Osprey aircraft, recovered one of the airmen.U.S. Plane Crash in Libya: Exclusive New Details
March 22, 2011
What was that she was sayin' about the spiders attackin' the Osprey?Loot of the Void
Edwin K. Sloat
Like the osprey it takes refuge in darkness, and it would die if once seen.Napoleon the Little
It represented an osprey tugging a fish from some sea rocks.Practical Taxidermy
Then Pirate got his instructions, and the Osprey went on her homeward way.
It might be a whole week; and I need the Harrison boys and the Osprey, of course.
- 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 and History for osprey
fishing hawk, mid-15c., from Anglo-French ospriet, from Medieval Latin avis prede "bird of prey," from Latin avis praedæ, a generic term apparently confused with this specific bird in Old French on its similarity to ossifrage.