golden eagle


: a dark brown eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) of the northern hemisphere with gold-colored feathers on the back of the head and neck, a gray beak, and yellow legs and feet

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Examples of golden eagle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certain sets of golden eagle feathers can sell for several hundred dollars, The Associated Press reported. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 The land is mostly covered with coastal sage scrub and supports species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher, golden eagle and Quino checkerspot butterfly. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 Travis John Branson pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiracy, unlawful trafficking of bald and golden eagles and violation of the Lacey Act, federal prosecutors said. Sara Smart, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 Branson responded with two pictures of golden eagle tail feathers, according to the indictment. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 One of the two men accused of shooting and killing roughly 3,600 rare birds, including bald and golden eagles, has agreed to plead guilty while the other suspect remains at large, according to new federal court filings in Montana. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 The men also face more than a dozen counts of trafficking bald and golden eagles, and one count of conspiracy, court records show. USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2024 Two men were indicted on more than a dozen counts this week after being accused by authorities of shooting and killing roughly 3,600 bald and golden eagles and then selling their feathers on the black market for more than half a decade. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Harvey Hugs, 60, of Hardin, Mont., who was previously convicted of trafficking golden eagle feathers, wings and tails in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for related gun violations. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of golden eagle was in 1676

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“Golden eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

golden eagle

: a dark brown eagle of the northern regions that has brownish yellow head and neck feathers

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