Widgeon Widg"eon, n. [Probably from an old French form of F. vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio, -onis, a kind of small crane.] (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster]

{Bald-faced widgeon}, or {Green-headed widgeon}, the American widgeon.

{Black widgeon}, the European tufted duck.

{Gray widgeon}. (a) The gadwall. (b) The pintail duck.

{Great headed widgeon}, the poachard.

{Pied widgeon}. (a) The poachard. (b) The goosander.

{Saw-billed widgeon}, the merganser.

{Sea widgeon}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Spear widgeon}, the goosander. [Prov. Eng.]

{Spoonbilled widgeon}, the shoveler.

{White widgeon}, the smew.

{Wood widgeon}, the wood duck. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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