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 Osprey or Os’pray (a corruption of Latin ossifragus, the bone-breaker).Osse’o. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ossa.
 
Heaping Pe’hon upon Ossa. Adding difficulty to difficulty; fruitless efforts. The allusion is to the attempt of the giants to scale heaven by piling Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion.   1
       
“Ter sunt conti imponre Pelio Ossam.
       
Virgil: Georgics, i. 281.
 


 Osprey or Os’pray (a corruption of Latin ossifragus, the bone-breaker).Osse’o. 

 
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