noun, plural gar·ga·neys.

a small Old World duck, Anas querquedula.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garganey

Historical Examples of garganey

  • In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.

    Wild Ducks

    W. Coape Oates

  • The garganey or summer teal is the smallest of the wild ducks with one exception.

  • Garganey also nest in large numbers on the lagoons of Daimiel in La Mancha.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • Garganey chiefly occur in early autumn and again de vuelta paso in March.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • Garganey (Querquedula circia) breed among the samphire in the open marisma—in wet seasons quite numerously.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for garganey



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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