garganey

[ gahr-guh-nee ]
/ ˈgɑr gə ni /

noun, plural gar·ga·neys.

a small Old World duck, Anas querquedula.

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Origin of garganey

1660–70; according to K. von Gesner, who introduced the term, a dial. form of Italian garganello name for various teallike ducks; ultimately < Late Latin gargala throat; cf. gargle
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British Dictionary definitions for garganey

garganey
/ (ˈɡɑːɡənɪ) /

noun

a small Eurasian duck, Anas querquedula, closely related to the mallard. The male has a white stripe over each eye

Word Origin for garganey

C17: from Italian dialect garganei, of imitative origin
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