[ os-uh-frij ]
/ ˈɒs ə frɪdʒ /


the lammergeier.
Archaic. the osprey.

Origin of ossifrage

1595–1605; < Latin ossifraga sea eagle, literally, bone-breaker (noun use of feminine of ossifragus bone-breaking), equivalent to ossi- (combining form of os) bone + frag-, variant stem of frangere to break + -a nominative singular feminine noun and adj. ending
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Examples from the Web for ossifrage

  • The word is said to be a corruption of Ossifrage, the "bone-breaker."

    An Australian Bird Book|John Albert Leach
  • These are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray.

    Bible Animals;|J. G. Wood
  • These are they of which ye shall not eat; the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey.

    Bible Animals;|J. G. Wood

British Dictionary definitions for ossifrage

/ (ˈɒsɪfrɪdʒ, -ˌfreɪdʒ) /


an archaic name for lammergeier, osprey (def. 1)

Word Origin for ossifrage

C17: from Latin ossifraga sea eagle; see osprey
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