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  1. bald eagle
    a large eagle of North America that has a white head and dark wings and body
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  2. scavenge
    clean refuse from
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  3. white tail
    common North American deer; tail has a white underside
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  4. reintroduction
    an act of renewed introduction
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  5. DDT
    an insecticide that is also toxic to animals and humans
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  6. eggshell
    the exterior covering of a bird's egg
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  7. thievery
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  8. pesticide
    a chemical used to kill destructive insects or animals
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  9. bird of prey
    any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  10. talon
    a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  11. eagle
    any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  12. bald
    lacking hair on all or most of the scalp
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  13. mammal
    a warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin covered with hair
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  14. wildlife
    all living things (except people) that are undomesticated
    The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S.
  15. wreak
    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  16. upgrade
    rate higher; raise in value
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  17. carrion
    the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  18. immature
    not yet fully developed
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  19. wipe out
    use up (resources or materials)
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  20. famously
    in a manner or to an extent that is well known
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  21. endanger
    pose a threat to
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  22. restrict
    limit access to
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  23. Alaska
    a state in northwestern North America
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  24. wiped out
    destroyed completely
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  25. feathered
    having or covered with feathers
    The bald eagle, with its snowy- feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  26. bird
    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate with feathers and wings
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  27. rebound
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  28. Fish
    the twelfth sign of the zodiac
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  29. reproduce
    make a copy or equivalent of
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  30. roam
    move about aimlessly or without any destination
    Young eagles roam great distances.
  31. unite
    join or combine
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  32. weaken
    lessen the strength of
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  33. havoc
    violent and needless disturbance
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  34. snare
    a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  35. construct
    make by combining materials and parts
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  36. endangered
    in imminent threat of extinction
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  37. fish
    any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  38. symbol
    something visible that represents something invisible
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  39. marking
    a distinguishing symbol
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  40. distinctive
    of a feature that helps to identify a person or thing
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  41. plentiful
    existing in great number or quantity
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  42. wipe
    rub with a circular motion
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  43. snowy
    covered with snow
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  44. restricted
    subject to an act of limitation
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  45. each year
    without missing a year
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  46. significantly
    in an important manner
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  47. threaten
    to utter intentions of injury or punishment against
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  48. spotted
    having spots or patches
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  49. identify
    recognize as being
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  50. nomination
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  51. feather
    a light growth that makes up the covering of a bird's body
    The bald eagle, with its snowy- feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  52. traveled
    familiar with many parts of the world
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  53. hunted
    reflecting the fear or terror of one who is hunted
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  54. aided
    having help; often used as a combining form
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  55. prompt
    according to schedule or without delay
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  56. stealing
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  57. Franklin
    printer whose success as an author led him to take up politics; he helped draw up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; he played a major role in the American Revolution and negotiated French support for the colonists; as a scientist he is remembered particularly for his research in electricity (1706-1790)
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  58. numbers
    an illegal daily lottery
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  59. all the way
    completely
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  60. argue
    have a disagreement about something
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  61. Michigan
    a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  62. hunt
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  63. collect
    gather
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  64. abundant
    present in great quantity
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  65. diet
    the usual food and drink consumed by an organism
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  66. chemical
    produced by reactions involving atomic or molecular changes
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  67. decade
    a period of 10 years
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  68. severely
    to a severe or serious degree
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  69. prey
    animal hunted or caught for food
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  70. parent
    a father or mother
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  71. tend
    have a disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  72. Service
    Canadian writer who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  73. egg
    animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  74. pair
    a set of two similar things considered as a unit
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  75. make up
    form or compose
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  76. Florida
    a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  77. nest
    a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  78. limit
    as far as something can go
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  79. fishing
    the act of someone who fishes as a diversion
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  80. mate
    a person's partner in marriage
    Bald eagles are believed to mate for life.
  81. grounds
    your basis for belief or disbelief
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  82. heavily
    slowly, as if burdened by much weight
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  83. Young
    English poet (1683-1765)
    Young eagles roam great distances.
  84. tail
    the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  85. enormous
    extraordinarily large in size or extent or degree
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  86. threatened
    likely in the near future to become endangered
    Fish and Wildlife Service has upgraded the birds from endangered to threatened.
  87. meal
    any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  88. ben
    a mountain or tall hill
    (Such thievery famously prompted Ben Franklin to argue against the bird's nomination as the United State's national symbol.)
  89. eggs
    oval reproductive body of a fowl used as food
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  90. mark
    a distinguishing symbol
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  91. ability
    the quality of having the means or skills to do something
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  92. stick
    a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  93. limited
    subject to constraints
    They weaken the bird's eggshells and severely limited their ability to reproduce.
  94. sport
    active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  95. Canada
    a nation in northern North America
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  96. favor
    an act of gracious kindness
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  97. lack
    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  98. California
    a state in the western United States on the Pacific
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  99. program
    a series of steps to be carried out
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  100. protection
    the activity of shielding someone or something
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the " protection" of fishing grounds.
  101. travel
    change location
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  102. range
    a variety of different things or activities
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  103. grown
    (of animals) fully developed
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  104. national
    of or relating to or belonging to a country
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  105. kill
    cause to die
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  106. proud
    feeling self-respect, self-esteem, or self-importance
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  107. powerful
    having great force or effect
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  108. united
    being or joined into a single entity
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  109. animal
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  110. ground
    the solid part of the earth's surface
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  111. lake
    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  112. aid
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  113. white
    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  114. coast
    the shore of a sea or ocean
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  115. number
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  116. State
    the federal department in the United States that sets and maintains foreign policies
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  117. eat
    take in solid food
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  118. spot
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  119. remain
    continue in a place, position, or situation
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  120. success
    an event that accomplishes its intended purpose
    The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S.
  121. United States
    North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  122. easy
    posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  123. use
    put into service
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  124. distance
    the property created by the space between two objects
    Young eagles roam great distances.
  125. result
    something that follows as a consequence
    The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S.
  126. year
    the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  127. nearly
    slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  128. dark
    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  129. live
    have life, be alive
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  130. though
    (postpositive) however
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
  131. story
    a record or narrative description of past events
    The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S.
  132. big
    above average in size or number or quantity
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  133. U.S.
    North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
    The result is a wildlife success story—the U.S.
  134. also
    in addition
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  135. five
    the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  136. above
    in or to a place that is higher
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  137. believe
    accept as true; take to be true
    Bald eagles are believed to mate for life.
  138. make
    perform or carry out
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  139. near
    near in time or place or relationship
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  140. have
    possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
    Since DDT use was heavily restricted in 1972, eagle numbers have rebounded significantly and have been aided by reintroduction programs.
  141. many
    amounting to a large but indefinite number
    For many decades, bald eagles were hunted for sport and for the "protection" of fishing grounds.
  142. high
    being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest— high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  143. most
    quantifier meaning the greatest in number
    These chemicals collect in fish, which make up most of the eagle's diet.
  144. small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  145. water
    compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear liquid
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  146. are
    a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters
    They live near water and favor coasts and lakes where fish are plentiful, though they will also snare and eat small mammals.
  147. other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
    Pesticides like DDT also wreaked havoc on eagles and other birds.
  148. head
    the upper part of the human body or the body in animals
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States—yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  149. each
    (used of count nouns) every one considered individually
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird-world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  150. get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    These powerful birds of prey use their talons to fish, but they get many of their meals by scavenging carrion or stealing the kills of other animals.
  151. yet
    up to the present time
    The bald eagle, with its snowy-feathered (not bald) head and white tail, is the proud national bird symbol of the United States— yet the bird was nearly wiped out there.
  152. world
    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    A pair constructs an enormous stick nest—one of the bird- world's biggest—high above the ground and tends to a pair of eggs each year.
  153. years
    a prolonged period of time
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  154. old
    having lived for a long time or attained a specific age
    Immature eagles are dark, and until they are about five years old, they lack the distinctive white markings that make their parents so easy to identify.
  155. life
    the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms
    Bald eagles are believed to mate for life.
  156. way
    how something is done or how it happens
    Florida birds have been spotted in Michigan, and California eagles have traveled all the way to Alaska
  157. much
    great in quantity or degree or extent
    Though their numbers have grown in much of their range, bald eagles remain most abundant in Alaska and Canada.
Created on April 19, 2012 (updated April 19, 2012)

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