golden eagle

noun

Definition of 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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Recent Examples on the Web To keep from having any effect on golden eagle nests, biologists recommend staying at least a half-mile distant. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Hawks, eagles on full display at Contra Costa lake," 6 Feb. 2020 Staff at Bernheim, located roughly 20 miles south of Louisville in Clermont, have tracked Harper for the past five years, with the male golden eagle calling the arboretum and research forest home in the winter months. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Love is in the air: Golden eagles at Bernheim are officially a breeding pair," 14 Feb. 2020 To protect nesting golden eagles, wildlife biologists with the Contra Costa Water District closed six trails in the watershed this week in areas near traditional nesting sites. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Hawks, eagles on full display at Contra Costa lake," 6 Feb. 2020 Las Vegas: Biologists and volunteers totaled 120 bald eagles and three golden eagles during an annual survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Tuesday. USA TODAY, "Giga roller coaster, ‘granny’ centennial, lion cubs born, Parker the cat passes away: News from around our 50 states," 24 Jan. 2020 The golden eagle and four ravens were found dead southwest of Wamsutter in 2016. USA TODAY, "Pachyderm vacation rental, Cookie Monster overdoses, stolen baby Jesus statue found: News from around our 50 states," 28 Feb. 2020 The discovery makes the two golden eagles the first pair to be tracked in the eastern United States, according to a Friday news release from Bernheim. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Love is in the air: Golden eagles at Bernheim are officially a breeding pair," 14 Feb. 2020 This is one of the last true high Alpine wildernesses in Europe, home to rare wildlife including ibex, mountain hares, black vultures and golden eagles. Sam Haddad, 1843, "A mega resort on the horizon, a glacier on the brink," 26 Feb. 2020 Skip to main content Alabama (Photo: Jake Crandall) Opelika: A new golden eagle will be joining Auburn University’s avian air force. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of golden eagle

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Golden eagle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/golden%20eagle. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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golden eagle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of golden eagle

: a very large bird that lives in the northern parts of the world and that is dark brown with yellow feathers on the back of its head and neck

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