widgeon, n. [Probably from an old French form of F. vigeon, vingeon, gingeon; of uncertain origin; cf. L. vipio, -onis, a kind of small crane.].
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
, smoking 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.