bald eagle


Definition of bald eagle

: an eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) of North America that is brown when young with white only on the undersides of the wings but in full adult plumage has white head and neck feathers and a white tail

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Recent Examples on the Web Along the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula, the town of Homer is another bald eagle hotspot. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, "How to See Whales, Bears, Eagles and More Incredible Wildlife in Alaska," 14 June 2020 In 1782, Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, featuring the emblem of the bald eagle., "This day in history," 20 June 2020 Also on this day: 1782: Congress approves the Great Seal of the United States, featuring an image of the bald eagle. Fox News, "This Day in History: June 20," 20 June 2020 The park has a bald eagle sanctuary that, at one million cubic feet, is the largest in the country. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020 Replicas of our national monuments, the Statue of Liberty, our bald eagle, political pins, buttons and ephemera have held their value over the years. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Honoring our national symbol: Yenke Peddler antiques column," 11 June 2020 In July 2019 a game warden in Bridgton, Maine, got an unusual call: A bald eagle was floating lifeless in a lake. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why did a loon stab a bald eagle through the heart?," 27 May 2020 The 277-mile-long, one-mile-deep gorge in northwestern Arizona is home to a diverse collection of wildlife, including the bald eagle, which uses the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River that runs through it as a winter home. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Airstream's Latest Virtual Tour Is a High-Definition Look at Grand Canyon National Park," 31 May 2020 Millions of birds across the United States, including bald eagles, are poisoned by lead every year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A bald eagle has been released back into the wild after recovering from lead poisoning," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of bald eagle

1688, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Bald eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bald eagle

: a very large bird of North America that has a white head and white tail feathers

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Kids Definition of bald eagle

: a North American eagle that when full-grown has white head and neck feathers

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