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 Hampshire County: Observers spotted a gadwall in Ware, five green-winged teal in Hatfield, and a Barrow’s goldeneye on the south side of the Holyoke Dam., 29 Jan. 2022 Hampden County: The area hosted a Barrow’s goldeneye on the Connecticut River in Chicopee, lingers included a gray catbird at Laughing Brook Sanctuary and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Springfield., 29 Jan. 2022 Read full article Berkshire County: The area has been hosting a brant at Mt. Williams Reservoir in North Adams, a dickcissel in Williamstown, and a Barrow’s goldeneye and an osprey at Richmond Pond in Richmond., 13 Nov. 2021 Commonly seen species on the Charles River here include the great blue heron, common and hooded mergansers, common goldeneye, and ring-necked ducks. Pamela Wright,, 23 Feb. 2021 Some species commonly sighted include common goldeneye, common eider, and three species of scoters: white-winged, black, and surf. Pamela Wright,, 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, 28 Apr. 2020 Among the last ducks to migrate, goldeneyes are a sure sign of the coming freeze-up. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 3 Dec. 2019 There were 46 ring-necked ducks at Ashley Falls in Sheffield and five common goldeneyes at the Stockbridge Bowl., 19 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of goldeneye

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goldeneye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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