- 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
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In addition we got some grey duck, gadwall, and a number of garganey and pochard.Wild Ducks
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The garganey or summer teal is the smallest of the wild ducks with one exception.Poachers and Poaching
Garganey also nest in large numbers on the lagoons of Daimiel in La Mancha.
Garganey chiefly occur in early autumn and again de vuelta paso in March.
Garganey (Querquedula circia) breed among the samphire in the open marisma—in wet seasons quite numerously.
- a small Eurasian duck, Anas querquedula, closely related to the mallard. The male has a white stripe over each eye
C17: from Italian dialect garganei, of imitative origin
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