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wigeon

[wij-uh n] /ˈwɪdʒ ən/
noun, plural wigeons (especially collectively) wigeon.
1.

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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  • Other species also form magaonas, but more rarely and never in so conspicuous a manner as the wigeon.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The same remarks may be said to apply to the Teal, the wigeon, and some few others.

  • wigeon (Mareca penelope) never breed, though chance birds (and some greylags also) remain every summer—possibly wounded.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • Many of the wigeon and other ducks, and all Golden Plovers are now gone.

  • This applies chiefly to wigeon, but we have frequently observed the same trait in pintail and occasionally in other species.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The wigeon realises his advantage and sticks to the shallow—the raptor ever trying to force him to the deep.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • This autumn migration of the wigeon begins late in September, and lasts well on into November.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Thus, one broadside to-day realized 32 wigeon, and another should have done better, but for a "hang-fire."

  • wigeon arrive from the end of September onwards, the great influx occurring during the first fortnight of November.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • In the autumn the lakes in this neighbourhood are the resort of large packs of wigeon, gadwall and pochard.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for 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

widgeon

/ˈwɪdʒən/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of wigeon
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Word Origin and History for wigeon

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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