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[gahr-guh-nee] /ˈgɑr gə ni/
noun, plural garganeys.
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
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  • The garganey or summer teal is the smallest of the wild ducks with one exception.

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

    Wild Ducks W. Coape Oates
  • garganey chiefly occur in early autumn and again de vuelta paso in March.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • garganey also nest in large numbers on the lagoons of Daimiel in La Mancha.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • Of the migratory species only a few shovellers and garganey teal tarry till May.

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

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • At the beginning of the month the garganey teal are almost the only migratory ducks to be seen on them.

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
C17: from Italian dialect garganei, of imitative origin
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