Definition of wigeon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwijən/
(also widgeon)


A dabbling duck with mainly reddish-brown and gray plumage, the male having a whistling call.
  • Genus Anas, family Anatidae: several species, in particular the American wigeon (A. americana)and the Eurasian wigeon (A. penelope).
Example sentences
  • Females during the breeding season and the young eat many aquatic invertebrates, but aside from that, wigeons are plant-eaters.
  • Where the trail hugs the edge of the slough, watch for waterfowl - pintails, green-winged teals, and widgeons - and listen for the machine-gun rattle of belted kingfishers.
  • My first sighting was of large numbers of pink-footed geese and wigeon along with some ringed plover and shelduck.


Early 16th century: perhaps of imitative origin and suggested by pigeon1.

Words that rhyme with wigeon

pidgin, pigeon, smidgen

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: wig·eon

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