American wigeon


: a North American wigeon (Anas americana) that has a short, black-tipped, pale blue bill and in the male a white crown and large white patch on each wing

called also baldpate

Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American wigeon was in 1788

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“American wigeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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