American bald eagle

noun

: bald eagle
… treated this winter to the rare sight of an adult American bald eagle, soaring with wings spread six feet wide, perched in a tree or a vacant osprey nest near the shore, or resting on ice floes as the tide carries them along.Peter Boody, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2005

Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American bald eagle was in 1788

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“American bald eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20bald%20eagle. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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