wi·​geon ˈwi-jən How to pronounce wigeon (audio)
variants or widgeon
plural wigeon or wigeons or widgeon or widgeons
: any of several freshwater ducks (genus Anas): such as
: 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 Along the way around Lake Murray, walkers can take in wildlife, such as migrating American wigeon and Canada geese, which congregate near the lake’s recreation area. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Gadwall and wigeon are some of the most under appreciated puddle ducks. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 An Eurasian wigeon in Seekonk, three cattle egrets in Fairhaven and a Western tanager and a late chimney swift in Mansfield. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2022 To Oregon Sports Hall of Famer Nick Roberston of Portland, who scored three ducks (gadwall, mallard drake and wigeon) on the last day of the duck season — with one shot, his latest three-pointer. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 10 Feb. 2023 The park is best known for its wide array of waterfowl ranging from wigeon to gadwall, while raptors like barn owls and peregrine falcons can also be found within its borders. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 An Eurasian wigeon, two redheads, and two lingering laughing gulls at Acoaxet, a possible Bell’s vireo at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Ocean View Farm Reserve and a prairie warbler at the Egypt Lane Ponds in Fairhaven. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Dec. 2022 An Eurasian wigeon among an American wigeon flock at Katama and two Common ravens were seen at several localities. Isabela Rocha, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 Samples were collected for the wigeon during routine monitoring for the disease. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2022

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1508, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wigeon was in 1508

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“Wigeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigeon. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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variants or widgeon
plural wigeon or wigeons or widgeon or widgeons
: any of several freshwater ducks with a large white patch on each wing

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