widgeon

[wij-uhn]
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:
1505–15; 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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widgeon (ˈwɪdʒən)
 
n
a variant spelling of wigeon

wigeon or widgeon (ˈwɪdʒən)
 
n
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
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]
 
widgeon or widgeon
 
n
 
[C16: of uncertain origin]

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widgeon
migratory wild duck, 1513, perhaps from some variant of Fr. vigeon, which some trace to L. vipionem (nom. vipio), "a kind of small crane," a Balearic word, perhaps imitative. OED, however, finds this all "very dubious."
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Among the waterfowl present on site are mallard, widgeon, wood duck and pintail.
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