Definition of the American eagle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the American eagle

BrE BrE//ði əˌmerɪkən ˈiːɡl//
; NAmE NAmE//ði əˌmerɪkən ˈiːɡl//
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a bird with a white head and white tail feathers that is the national symbol of the US Culture The American eagle is also called the 'bald eagle', and it appears on the Great Seal of the United States and on coins. In its mouth, the eagle holds the words e pluribus unum (one out of many). It holds arrows (a symbol of war) in its left foot and an olive branch (a symbol of peace) in its right foot.