wigeon

[ wij-uh n ]
/ ˈwɪdʒ ən /

noun, plural wig·eons, (especially collectively) wig·eon.

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Definition for wigeon (2 of 2)

widgeon

or wig·eon

[ wij-uh n ]
/ ˈwɪdʒ ən /

noun, plural widg·eons, (especially collectively) widg·eon 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)
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British Dictionary definitions for wigeon (1 of 2)

wigeon

widgeon

/ (ˈwɪdʒən) /

noun

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

Word Origin for wigeon

C16: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for wigeon (2 of 2)

widgeon
/ (ˈwɪdʒən) /

noun

a variant spelling of wigeon
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