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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Ossifrage

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(See OSPRAY OSPREY.) The most powerful bird of prey in our hemisphere. He pushes kids, lambs, hares, calves, and even men off the rocks, and takes the bones of animals high up in the air, and lets them fall on stones to crack them and render them more digestible. The vulture proper has a bald head and neck, a provision against the dirting of the feathers of birds which plunge the head into putrefying carcasses. But the ossifrage has its head and neck feathered and a beard of black hair under the beak. The plumage of the head and neck is dirty white, with a black stripe through the eye; the back, wings, and tail are brown, the parts underneath are fawn-colored.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Ossifrage'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/o/ossifrage.html. 1949.

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