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1. Either of two diving ducks (Bucephala clangula or B. islandica) of northern regions, having a short black bill, a rounded head, and yellow eyes.
2. Any of various lacewings of the family Chrysopidae having yellow or copper-colored eyes.

[From their golden-yellow eyes.]


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


(ˈgoʊl dənˌaɪ)

n., pl. -eyes, (esp. collectively) -eye.
either of two yellow-eyed diving ducks, Bucephala clangula of Eurasia and North America or B. islandica of North America.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goldeneye - a variety of green lacewinggoldeneye - a variety of green lacewing    
chrysopid, green lacewing, stink fly - pale green unpleasant-smelling lacewing fly having carnivorous larvae
2.goldeneye - large-headed swift-flying diving duck of Arctic regions
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Bucephala, genus Bucephala - buffleheads and goldeneyes
Barrow's goldeneye, Bucephala islandica - North American goldeneye diving duck
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It wasn't long after the first pair of goldeneyes were in hand that Greg spotted a flock of buffleheads.
Sea ducks are a diverse group that includes eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, scoters, buffleheads, goldeneyes and mergansers.
But this one was different - turning up after a series of protracted northerly winds, and showing off to any female common goldeneyes within view on a remote estuary, its credentials as a wild bird look a bit better.
Cormorants, goldeneyes, terns and pheasants are among the birds walkers can see at home on farmland, in hedgerows and by the park's pond.
GOLDENEYES have arrived on deep lakes and reservoirs to spend the winter months diving for shellfish.
Long after the mallards and wigeon and gadwalls have tucked their little feathered butts between wimpy little legs and hightailed south, the goldeneyes are still around, bobbing out there among the ice flows, having a grand old time of it.
It turned out they had accomplished their goals as both birds were goldeneyes.
The drake Goldeneye is strikingly beautiful with black and white plumage, a green glossy head and a prominent large white patch in front of each eye.