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

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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 At the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a Eurasian wigeon has become a repeat star, reports Mike Lee. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wildlife victory crowned by 20 herds with 13,000 elk," 10 Dec. 2017 Species seeing a decline included mallards (11 percent), American wigeon (19 percent), green-winged teal (16 percent), redhead (13 percent), canvasback (1 percent) and scaup (12 percent). Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Most Louisiana hunters will be thrilled with annual duck report," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of wigeon

1508, in the meaning defined above

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