搜狐首页 - 新闻 - 体育 - 娱乐 - 财经 - IT - 汽车 - 房产 - 女人 - 短信 - 彩信 - 校友录 - 邮件 - 搜索 - BBS - 搜狗 
Sohu >> English home >> Language Tips >> Culture Bites
为什么鹰是美国的象征?
(China Daily) Updated:2005-08-12 10:59
为什么鹰是美国的象征?
 

  Why is the Eagle the national emblem of the United States?

  In 1782, US Congress selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the newly formed United States, because it symbolized courage and might, and because it was indigenous only to the United States and to Canada.

  The national seal depicts the bald eagle with its wings spread, with one claw clutching an olive branch, and the other claw grasping arrows. The eagle, however, strikes different poses on other national depictions.

  The bald eagle owes its name to the early American colonists, and is bald in name only. As the white-headed American eagle differed from the European gray eagle, the colonists used their word for white, which translated into bald, in describing it. Unfortunately for the eagle, the literal translation, bald-headed, stuck like a toupee.

  Since ancient times, men have identified themselves with the eagle, because it creates an impression of majesty and of power while in flight. As early as 5,000 years ago, ancient Sumerians chose the eagle, in spread eagle form, as their emblem symbolizing their power. Ancient Romans followed suit, as did Emperor Charlemagne, and finally Napoleon. No doubt, Congress considered the eagle's historical pedigree as being the animal representing a nation's power, when selecting it to be the national emblem of the United States.

  note:

  bald eagle: 秃头鹰

  indigenous: 本土的

  toupee: 假发

  follow suit: 跟着做

  pedigree: 血统



搜狗(www.sogou.com)搜索:“eagle+bald+national”,共找到 1,585 个相关网页.

Comment This | Font Size  Large     Medium    Small | Print This | Close
Related Stories
  • 什么是街头艺人?(08/10 13:45)
  • 为什么X代表接吻?(08/08 13:38)
  • 为什么卤素灯泡的使用寿命较长?(08/05 13:38)
  • 何谓流星?(08/03 14:08)
  • 巧克力是怎么制成的?(08/01 13:36)
  • 为什么头发会有曲直之分?(07/29 13:43)
  • 我们为什么会流汗?(07/27 13:44)
  • 我们为什么会眨眼睛?(07/25 13:52)
  • 氦气球是怎样升上天空的?(07/22 13:34)


  • ChinaRen - 搜狐招聘 - 网站登录 - 帮助中心 - 设置首页 - 广告服务 - 联系方式 - 保护隐私权 - About SOHU - 公司介绍
    Copyright © 2005 Sohu.com Inc. All rights reserved. 搜狐公司 版权所有