from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two wild, freshwater ducks (Anas americana of North America or A. penelope of Europe) having a grayish or brownish back and a white belly and wing coverts. The European widgeon has a reddish-brown head and creamy crown, and the American widgeon has a shiny white crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of wigeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of fresh-water ducks, especially those belonging to the subgenus Mareca, of the genus Anas. The common European widgeon (Anas penelope) and the American widgeon (Anas Americana) are the most important species. The latter is called also baldhead, baldpate, baldface, baldcrown, smoking duck, wheat, duck, and whitebelly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A duck of the genus Mareca, belonging to the subfamily Anatinæ.
  • n. By extension, some or any wild duck, except the mallard: usually with a qualifying term.
  • n. The gad wall, Chaulelasmus streperus: more fully called gray widgeon. See cut under Chaulelasmus.
  • n. The pintail, Dafila acuta: more fully, gray or kite-tailed widgeon, or sea-widgeon. See cut under Dafila.
  • n. The wood-duck, Aix sponsa: more fully, wood-widgeon. See cut under wood-duck.
  • n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida. See cut under Erismatura.
  • n. A fool: alluding to the supposed stupidity of the widgeon. Compare goose, gudgeon.
  • n. A small teasing fly; a midge.
  • n. The goldeneyed duck, Clangula glaucion.
  • n. The male goosander, Mergus merganser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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    January 8, 2007