- 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
Examples from the Web for wigeon
The same remarks may be said to apply to the Teal, the Wigeon, and some few others.Among the Birds in Northern Shires
By four oclock we had secured, in five drives, eleven geese and a wigeon.
For the following statements, see on the wigeon, Loudon’s ‘Mag.The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
Many of the Wigeon and other ducks, and all Golden Plovers are now gone.Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)
Other species also form magaonas, but more rarely and never in so conspicuous a manner as the wigeon.
- a Eurasian duck, Anas penelope, of marshes, swamps, etc, the male of which has a reddish-brown head and chest and grey and white back and wings
- American wigeon or baldpate a similar bird, Anas americana, of North America, the male of which has a white crown
- a variant spelling of wigeon
Word Origin and History for wigeon
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."