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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I once watched an osprey fishing in the loch.
▪ In May thieves returned to take osprey eggs.
▪ Marsh harriers pass through and have recently bred, and even a passing osprey is a possibility.
▪ There is wildlife here in abundance; deer, wild cats, red squirrels, golden eagles, ospreys and reindeer.
▪ We saw a great white pine with a huge stick nest on top, probably that of an osprey.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Osprey \Os"prey\, Ospray \Os"pray\, n. [Through OF. fr. L. ossifraga (orig., the bone breaker); prob. influenced by oripelargus (mountain stork, a kind of eagle, Gr. ?); cf. OF. orpres, and F. orfraie. See Ossifrage.] (Zo["o]l.) The fishhawk ( Pandion haliaetus).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A bird of prey (''Pandion haliaetus'') that feeds on fish and has white underparts and long, narrow wings each ending in four finger-like extensions. 2 aigrette (ornamental feather)


n. large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years [syn: fish hawk, fish eagle, sea eagle, Pandion haliaetus]

Osprey, FL -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Florida
Population (2000): 4143
Housing Units (2000): 2267
Land area (2000): 5.455246 sq. miles (14.129021 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.611009 sq. miles (1.582507 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 6.066255 sq. miles (15.711528 sq. km)
FIPS code: 53425
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 27.193962 N, 82.486012 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 34229
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Osprey, FL

The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) — also called fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk — is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. It is a large raptor, reaching more than in length and across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common names suggest, the osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized, one of which has recently been given full species status (see below). Despite its propensity to nest near water, the osprey is not classed as a sea eagle.

Osprey (disambiguation)

Osprey may refer to:

Ospreys, medium-large fish-eating birds of prey in the genus Pandion.

Usage examples of "osprey".

Cook stand back, let Fiara bend forward, let every member who fought under the Osprey banner take a collective breath.

T-shaped shadow of the osprey crossing the pale green water beneath him.

Hub clock chimed the half hour after noon, Osprey and another of the outer-room workers arrived with a tray of covered dishes.

Once her companion had set up a small table at the empty center of the room, Osprey began to lay out the dishes and eating utensils she carried.

While Crane and Rosethorn read through the journal, Osprey had given Niko the tour, showing him even the contents of the distilling jars.

He watched her walk to the center of the room, away from the counters, to lower her mask and gulp the willowbark tea that Osprey brought, making a face at its bitterness.

He read them, Briar noticed, but he directed Osprey to do the suggested work.

Acacia often came to ask Osprey things, while Crane spent more time advising Osprey than he ever had with Rosethorn.

He wanted to order Acacia to show some backbone and Osprey to let Crane work.

The workers scrubbed and boiled the black slabs while he and Osprey created five more cures.

Chief among the birds of prey are the osprey, the white-headed sea-eagle, and the white-bellied sea-eagle.

Certainly some limitation on the part of the fish seems to operate in favour of the osprey, otherwise the clumsy fisher would oft go hungry.

While the osprey and the white-bellied sea-eagle fall out and chide and fight, it looks down from some superior height and placidly watches the fish trap, for though knightly it is not above accepting tribute, for it likes fish though it hates fishing.

The great osprey seldom crosses the bay without a challenge from its stealthy foe, the white-belly.

I am waiting for the day when, in mid-air, the osprey and the white-bellied sea-eagle shall clasp hands.