wi·​geon | \ ˈwi-jən How to pronounce wigeon (audio) \
variants: or
plural wigeon or wigeons or widgeon or widgeons

Definition of wigeon

: any of several freshwater ducks (genus Anas): such as
a : an Old World duck (Anas penelope) having a large white patch on each wing with the male having a reddish-brown head and buff crown

Examples of wigeon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As usual, early hunting will be good along the Oregon Coast estuaries, with a mix of wigeon, teal, pintails and mallards. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2020: What to know about wildfire damage, plus outlooks for big game, upland birds, waterfowl," 25 Sep. 2020 There are species-specific calls for wood ducks, teal, and others, plus whistles, which can attract wigeon, mallards, pintails, teal, and more. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 South Shore: Reports included a Eurasian wigeon and a chipping sparrow, which was flocking with dark-eyed juncos, at Broad Cove in Somerset. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 Miscellaneous: Among sightings were a Eurasian wigeon in Broad Cove in Somerset, a vesper sparrow off of Bakerville Road in Dartmouth, and a common redpoll at the Thoreau School Riverwalk in West Concord. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 10 Nov. 2019 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Nov. 2019 Early hunting should be very good along the north Oregon Coast, with early wigeon, teal, pintails and mallards in the mix in Tillamook, Nestucca, Nehalem, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw estuaries. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2019: Outlooks for deer, elk, bear, cougar, upland birds, waterfowl," 20 Sep. 2019 Redheads, wigeons and bluebills continue to make up straps in Port O'Connor and Rockport. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 20," 19 Jan. 2018 Bay hunters in Rockport have found limits of redheads and wigeons in the back lakes. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Dec. 24," 23 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of wigeon

1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wigeon

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“Wigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigeon. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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