American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A duck of the genus Mareca, belonging to the subfamily Anatinæ. The European widgeon is M. penelope; the American is a distinct species, M. americana; each is a common wild-fowl of its own country, of the migratory and other habits common to the Anatinæ, breeding mostly in high or even hyperborean regions, and flocking in more temperate latitudes during the winter. They are also known as baldpates, from the white on the top of the head, whistler or whistling duck, whew, whewer. whim, from their cries, and by many local names.
- 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.
- n. alternative spelling of wigeon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The American widgeon is the constant attendant on the canvass-back duck, so celebrated in the United States for its excellence as an article of food.”
“* Rallus Virginianus, the sorce bird or little brown rail, also called widgeon in Pennsyl.”
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
“I would agree with a canvasback or a drake widgeon.”
“Here's my Lab Moose with a widgeon drake at our duck blind in California's Suisun Marsh.”
“How freaked out will people get if they discover 10,000 or so American widgeon have died in Alaska this year, along with about 20,000 mallards?”
“Other factors that are affected by the trophic cascades initiated by the geese include reduced N mineralization rates and declines in the populations of soil invertebrates, waders, and some species of duck such as the widgeon (Anas americana).”
“Wintering waterfowl include pintail, cinnamon teal, American widgeon, surf scoter and ruddy duck.”
“The “widgeon” I presume to be a mistake or a misprint for pigeon.”
“Dense beds of widgeon grass thrive in the creeks and shallow bay.”
“Dense beds of widgeon grass, a type of submerged aquatic vegetation, have been reported in Little Monie Creek.”
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