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 Bristol County: The region hosted a Eurasian wigeon at The Sawmill in Acushnet, a yellow-breasted chat at Victory Park in New Bedford, and a vesper sparrow and a Lincoln’s sparrow at the Noquochoke Wildlife Area in Dartmouth. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2021 Martha’s Vineyard: A Eurasian wigeon was seen at Katama Farm. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021 Martha’s Vineyard: Highlights featured a Eurasian wigeon in Edgartown, and a stilt sandpiper and a Hudsonian godwit in Chilmark. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 During the most recent migration season, the project attached 35 GPS transponders to several species, including the Eurasian wigeon, Caspian tern, and the Heuglin’s gull. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2021 Let your thoughts take you away and a flock of wigeon whistle by, teal slip beneath your view, pintail fly high overhead. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 Gunner had retrieved a rare limit of mallards, wigeon and teal. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 As usual, early hunting will be good along the Oregon Coast estuaries, with a mix of wigeon, teal, pintails and mallards. oregonlive, 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, 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of wigeon

1508, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wigeon

origin unknown

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2 Dec 2021

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“Wigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigeon. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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