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also wid·geon  (wĭj′ən)
n. pl. wigeon also widgeon or wi·geons also wid·geons
Either of two freshwater dabbling ducks, Anas americana of the Americas or A. penelope primarily of Eurasia and Africa, having a grayish or brownish back and a white belly and wing coverts.

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1. (Animals) a Eurasian duck, Anas penelope, of marshes, swamps, etc, the male of which has a reddish-brown head and chest and grey and white back and wings
2. (Animals) American wigeon baldpate a similar bird, Anas americana, of North America, the male of which has a white crown
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(ˈwɪdʒ ən)

n., pl. -eons, (esp. collectively) -eon.
either of two dabbling ducks, Anas americana, of North America, and A. penelope, of Eurasia, having white patches on the forewings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wigeon - freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and tealswigeon - freshwater duck of Eurasia and northern Africa related to mallards and teals
duck - small wild or domesticated web-footed broad-billed swimming bird usually having a depressed body and short legs
Anas, genus Anas - type genus of the Anatidae: freshwater ducks
American widgeon, Anas americana, baldpate - a widgeon the male of which has a white crown


Related words
collective nouns bunch, company, knob, flight


[ˈwɪdʒən] Nánade m silbón


[ˈwɪdʒən] n (Zool) → fischione m
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