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widgeon

or wigeon

[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.
Origin of widgeon
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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  • Mr. widgeon and Mr. Redbrook are pushing their way towards the door.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Fifteen widgeon went off when I returned to the blind," he said, unsmiling.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • Duck, widgeon, teal, and snipe; shooting free on Bishop's Mountain and Moenrin.

    The Sunny Side of Ireland John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
  • The widgeon is but a poor diver, while the canvas-back is one of the very best.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Soon a large flight came over, mixed up with mallard and widgeon.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • widgeon, run round the corner and call a couple of hansom cabs.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • widgeon and teal also are said to be in great plenty here in the wet season.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
  • "And nobody's had the gumption to fight 'em," said Mr. widgeon.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • The widgeon has observed him going down; and, calculating to a nicety the spot where he will reappear, seats himself in readiness.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The widgeon and the preserved ginger were as delicious as one could wish.

British Dictionary definitions for widgeon

widgeon

/ˈwɪdʒən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of wigeon
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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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