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widgeon

[wij-uh n] /ˈwɪdʒ ən/
noun, plural widgeons (especially collectively) widgeon for 1.
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.
2.
Obsolete. a fool.
Also, wigeon.
Origin
1505-1515
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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  • Among the waterfowl present on site are mallard, widgeon, wood duck and pintail.
British Dictionary definitions for widgeon

widgeon

/ˈwɪdʒən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of wigeon

wigeon

/ˈwɪdʒən/
noun
1.
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
2.
American wigeon, baldpate, a similar bird, Anas americana, of North America, the male of which has a white crown
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for widgeon
n.

migratory wild duck, 1510s, perhaps from some variant of French vigeon, which some trace to Latin vipionem (nominative vipio), "a kind of small crane," a Balearic word, perhaps imitative. OED, however, finds all this "very dubious."

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