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eagle

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This large bird of prey, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight, is traditionally regarded as the king of birds. In the 15th-century Boke of St Albans, the eagle is listed ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... n. a figure of an eagle, especially as a symbol of the United States, or formerly as a Roman or French...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Language reference
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37 words

... an eagle eye a keen or close watch 2010 Guardian Howells … told Radio 4’s Today programme that his committee … kept ‘an eagle eye’ on MI5 and MI6 to ensure they operate within the...

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
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98 words

... Strong, carnivorous diurnal bird of prey . Sea and fishing eagles, such as the American bald eagle, are large birds found on sea coasts and inland bodies of water, where they feed on fish, small animals and carrion. Serpent eagles are reptile-eating birds. Large, harpy eagles inhabit tropical forests. Some Asian and African eagles are open-country predators. True (booted) eagles (Aquila) have long hooked bills, broad wings, powerful toes with long curved talons and feathered legs. They are usually brownish, black or grey with light or white markings....

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...theologian and historian. Eagle of the Divines, The St thomas aquinas ( c. 1225–74 ). Eagle of the Doctors of France, The Pierre d’Ailly ( 1350–1420 ), French cardinal and schoolman, who helped to end the great schism . Eagle of the North, The Count Axel Oxenstierna ( 1583–1654 ), the Swedish statesman. Eagle stones See aetites . Bald eagle See under bald . Eddie the Eagle See under eddie . Golden eagle, The See under golden . Grand eagle See under grand . Land of the White Eagle, The See under land . Spread-eagled See under spread . Thy...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
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377 words

...eagle with outspread wings to support the Bible, and an eagle is often used on pulpits to support the preacher's desk. In Bestiaries are other interpretations—it could renew its youth, as in Ps. 103 (Vg. 102): 5, ‘thy youth is renewed like the eagle's’, and this it did by flying near the sun and dipping itself three times in a pool of water, symbolizing Baptism in the names of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. An eagle trampling on a snake symbolized Christ's triumph over sin, and as in Greek mythology Ganymede was carried off by Jove's eagle, so the eagle of...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

...of an eagle, often in a series of transformations; the transformation into a salmon usually follows. In Irish folklore the hawk of Achill tricks an eagle by sending it on a fruitless errand while the hawk eats the eagle's chicks. The eagles of Snowdonia (W Eryri ) in Welsh tradition were thought to be oracles of peace and war; flying high signalled victory, but flying low, crying incessantly, implied defeat for the Welsh. In later tradition the eagle may be associated with St John the Evangelist, with the sign of Scorpio in the zodiac, or with water as...

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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2005

... . The golden eagle, who appears at the end of Book I of The House of Fame , and carries the dreamer up through the heavens, may have been suggested to Chaucer by the eagle in Dante ( Purgatorio 9. 19–20). In the Bestiary , the eagle is noted for its soaring flight and keen gaze, and sometimes for its rigorous education of its young. It could be used as a symbol of contemplative thought, but Chaucer's eagle (one of his earliest comic creations) is an enthusiastic and loquacious instructor, lecturing his taciturn and amazed companion on the wonders of...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
73 words

... A * bird recognized by its speed in flight (2 Sam. 1: 23; cf. Rev. 4: 7). Those mentioned by Jesus as gathering to swoop on a corpse (Matt. 24: 28) are probably * vultures (REB, NRSV, NJB). Possibly the readers of the gospel would detect a reference to the eagle carried on the standards of the Roman army; the corpse of Palestinian * Judaism was to be swooped on by the eagles of * Rome...

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A Dictionary of Space Exploration (3 ed.)

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2018

...Eagle A name given to the lunar module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed two US astronauts on the Moon on 20 July 1969 . Eagle was piloted by astronaut Buzz Aldrin . Mission commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. The descent module of Eagle remained on the Sea of Tranquillity while the ascent module took the astronauts back to the orbiting command module, Columbia , piloted by fellow astronaut Michael Collins...

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A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (3 ed.)

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2015
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Art & Architecture
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84 words

... 1. From the Latin aquila (meaning the bird, it also refers to a gable , pediment , or, esp., the tympanum ), ultimately deriving from the Greek Άετός, Άέτωμα ‎. 2. Reading-desk or lectern in a church, often in the form of an eagle (believed to be the only bird that could fly directly into the sun without closing its eyes, thus a symbol of the Word (leading man with open eyes to God) and of St John the Evangelist)....

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
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239 words

...Eagle A British comic first published on 14 April 1950 by Hulton Press. It was the brainchild of the Revd Marcus Morris, vicar of an Anglican parish church at Birkdale in Lancashire, and of Frank Hampson, a cartoonist. Morris originally intended to produce a specifically Christian illustrated paper for boys, but under Hampson’s influence the scope of the project was widened, so that Eagle came to be in effect a modern version of the Boy’s Own Paper . The leading strip was ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’, a science fiction serial in which the chief...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... F-15 an air-superiority fighter also capable of playing a strike/attack role. Its first version, the F-15A, was a single-seat, twin-turbofan aircraft with fixed-geometry swept wings of low aspect. Production continued until 1979 , with a total of 385 built. The F-15B, developed simultaneously, had a two-seat cockpit. The F-15C variant (and its companion derivative, the two-seat F-15D), a single-engine mixed power fighter with a radial engine in the nose and a jet engine behind the wing, was the last U.S. Navy fighter built by Curtiss. It remains in...

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Mike Allaby

Dictionary Plus Science and Technology

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Science and technology
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81 words

... A large, strong bird of prey, with a sharp, hooked bill used to tear flesh, and strong talons used for seizing prey, which ranges according to species from snails and insects to mammals, birds, and snakes, with one group specializing in fish. Most build their nests (eyries) on cliffs or high in tall trees. There are 23 genera with about 60 species, all in the family Accipitridae. Eagles occur worldwide, all but 14 species in Eurasia and Africa. Mike...

Eagle Theatre

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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7 words

... Theatre , New York, see STANDARD THEATRE...

eagle day

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... day slang (in World War II and the Vietnam War ) payday. See also eagle . Payday was also referred to as “the day (or when) the eagle (flies, screams, shits, squawks,...

spread-eagle

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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...eagle v. (usually be spread-eagled ) stretch (someone) out with their arms and legs extended: he lay spread-eagled in the road. n. spread eagle an emblematic representation of an eagle with its legs and wings extended. adj. 1 stretched out with one's arms and legs extended: prisoners are chained to their beds, spread-eagle, for days at a time. 2 loudly or aggressively patriotic about the United States: spread-eagle...

eagle, the

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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..., the slang 1 the federal government of the United States. 2 money, especially U.S. currency. 3 in the Civil War , a certificate of discharge from the Union Army. See also eagle day...

Eagle Pass

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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2020

...Eagle Pass , Texas/USA ( El Paso de Aguila, Camp Eagle Pass ) When founded as an outpost for the Texas militia in the 1840s, it became known as Camp Eagle Pass. The name recognizes the fact that the town lies on the Rio Grande, on either side of which are hills which give the impression of the outspread wings of an eagle in flight. The current name is simply a translation of the former Spanish...

lone eagle

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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...eagle an aerial tactic in which a single aircraft patrols alone; a sortie by a single...

Eagle's medium

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Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
38 words

...'s medium any of various growth or maintenance media used in tissue culture and essentially comprising a balanced salt solution, usually Earle's balanced salt solution or Hanks's balanced salt solution , supplemented with amino acids, vitamins, serum, and...

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