[gohl-duh n-ahy]
noun, plural gold·en·eyes, (especially collectively) gold·en·eye.
  1. either of two diving ducks, Bucephala clangula, of Eurasia and North America, or B. islandica (Barrow's goldeneye), of North America, having bright yellow eyes.
  2. Also called golden-eyed fly [gohl-duh n-ahyd] /ˈgoʊl dənˌaɪd/. a lacewing of the family Chrysopidae.

Origin of goldeneye

First recorded in 1670–80; golden + eye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of goldeneye

Historical Examples of goldeneye

  • Barrow's goldeneye, predominantly a Westerner, is less wary than the common goldeneye.

    Ducks at a Distance

    Robert W. Hines

British Dictionary definitions for goldeneye


noun plural -eyes or -eye
  1. either of two black-and-white diving ducks, Bucephala clangula or B. islandica, of northern regions
  2. any lacewing of the family Chrysopidae that has a greenish body and eyes of a metallic lustre
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