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or wigeon

[wij-uh n] /ˈwɪdʒ ən/
noun, plural widgeons (especially collectively) widgeon for 1.
any of several common freshwater ducks related to the mallards and teals in the genus Anas, having metallic green flight feathers, a white wing patch, and a buff or white forehead, including A. penelope of Eurasia and North Africa, A. sibilatrix of South America, and the baldpate, A. americana, of North America.
Obsolete. a fool.
Origin of widgeon
1505-15; perhaps < an AF correspondent of French vigeon < Vulgar Latin; compare Medieval Latin vipiō kind of crane (derivative of vip- imitative of bird's cry) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for widgeon
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  • Mr. widgeon and Mr. Redbrook are pushing their way towards the door.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Fifteen widgeon went off when I returned to the blind," he said, unsmiling.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • Duck, widgeon, teal, and snipe; shooting free on Bishop's Mountain and Moenrin.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • The widgeon is but a poor diver, while the canvas-back is one of the very best.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Soon a large flight came over, mixed up with mallard and widgeon.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • widgeon, run round the corner and call a couple of hansom cabs.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • widgeon and teal also are said to be in great plenty here in the wet season.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
  • "And nobody's had the gumption to fight 'em," said Mr. widgeon.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The widgeon has observed him going down; and, calculating to a nicety the spot where he will reappear, seats himself in readiness.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The widgeon and the preserved ginger were as delicious as one could wish.

British Dictionary definitions for widgeon


a variant spelling of wigeon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for widgeon

migratory wild duck, 1510s, perhaps from some variant of French vigeon, which some trace to Latin vipionem (nominative vipio), "a kind of small crane," a Balearic word, perhaps imitative. OED, however, finds all this "very dubious."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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