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bald eagle

noun
1.
a large, fish-eating eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, of the U.S. and Canada, having dark golden-brown back and wings, and white plumage on the head and tail in the adult: some recently endangered populations are now recovering.
Compare American eagle.
Origin of bald eagle
1680-1690
An Americanism dating back to 1680-90
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  • You will remain at the 'bald eagle' until the train passes on Monday.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • bald eagle himself, however, had the wisdom to call them back.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • Whitewing will be a great warrior when bald eagle is in the grave.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • To these they add the bald eagle, which they say is not a real eagle.

  • When a bald eagle is killed it is said to be always lousy and to smell of fish.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • This agrees with the description which Audubon gives of the nest of the bald eagle.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for bald eagle

bald eagle

noun
1.
a large eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, of North America, having a white head and tail, a yellow bill, and dark wings and body. It is the US national bird
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