goldeneye

noun
gold·​en·​eye | \ ˈgōl-dən-ˌī How to pronounce goldeneye (audio) \

Definition of goldeneye

1 : either of two diving ducks (genus Bucephala) with small yellow eyes especially : a large-headed swift-flying Holarctic diving duck (B. clangula) with the male having a green head and striking black-and-white markings
2 : a lacewing (family Chrysopidae) with yellow eyes

Examples of goldeneye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were 46 ring-necked ducks at Ashley Falls in Sheffield and five common goldeneyes at the Stockbridge Bowl. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 19 Jan. 2020 There was also a Barrow’s goldeneye at Lake Massapoag in Sharon, a marbled godwit at Stephen’s Field in Plymouth. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019 Loons in British Columbia were also documented taking care of a goldeneye duckling a few years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Empty Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsin," 27 July 2019 Also, a Barrow’s goldeneye was observed at Lake Massapoag in Sharon; and a mew gull and five Iceland gulls were seen at Musquashicut Pond in North Scituate. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 11 Mar. 2018 But 50 yards to the north, mergansers and goldeneyes dove for fish in an open circle of water. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Wisconsin's Lake Michigan harbors host world-class ice fishing for trout," 13 Jan. 2018 Ramsey Creek Park produced the best birds of the day, three common goldeneyes, including two adult males. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Birders find local rarities at neighborhood ponds, Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 11 Jan. 2018 Species observed this year included common goldeneye, hooded and common merganser, green-winged teal, ruddy duck, pintail, hooded merganser, common merganser and northern shoveler. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breeding duck population up 23% in Wisconsin," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of goldeneye

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goldeneye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goldeneye. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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