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 E Pluribus Unum (Latin).Eagle (in royal banners). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Eager
 
of eagre. Sharp, keen, acid; the French aigre. (Latin, crude form, acr- “acer,” sharp.)
       
“It doth posset
       
And curd, like eager droppings into milk.”
       
Shakespeare: Hamlet, i. 5.
       
“Vex him with eager words.”
       
Shakespeare: Henry VI., ii. 4.
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 E Pluribus Unum (Latin).Eagle (in royal banners). 

 
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