Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals

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Synonyms of Widgeon

anas penelope, wigeon

Alternate forms of Widgeon

Hyponyms: american widgeon, anas americana, baldpate

Hypernyms: duck

Origin of the word Widgeon

  1. 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." more

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