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 Some species commonly sighted include common goldeneye, common eider, and three species of scoters: white-winged, black, and surf. Pamela Wright,, "Flock to these winter birding hot spots around Boston," 23 Feb. 2021 Rafts of Canadas and goldeneyes lifted off in front of us by the dozens and hundreds, the sound of furious honking and whistling wings breaking the silence. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 Among the last ducks to migrate, goldeneyes are a sure sign of the coming freeze-up. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Tips for Turning Around a Late-Season Duck Hunt," 3 Dec. 2019 There were 46 ring-necked ducks at Ashley Falls in Sheffield and five common goldeneyes at the Stockbridge Bowl., "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., "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., "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

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First Known Use of goldeneye

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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