Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

Thursday word: wigeon

wigeon or widgeon (WIJ-uhn) - n., any of three common freshwater dabbling ducks of the genus Mareca (formerly Anas); a fool.

The three being the Eurasian wigeon (M. penelope), the American wigeon (M. americana) and the Chiloé wigeon (M. sibilatrix) of South America -- but usually the first is what's meant. All three are related to mallards and have a similar shape, though with different coloring in the male:

Thanks, WikiMedia!

The name dates to around the start of the 16th century, but where it came from and how it came to be a now rare if not obsolete term of abuse is unknown.

Tags: noun, unknown etymology, w

  • Tuesday word: Insouciance

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Insouciance (noun) in·sou·ci·ance [in-soo-see-uhns; French an-soo-syahns] I would suggest listening to how this word is…

  • Sunday Word: Sagacious

    sagacious [s uh- gey-sh uhs] adjective: 1 of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment, discerning 2 caused by or indicating acute…

  • Wednesday Word: Munificent

    Whew, another semester is in the can, which means I should be able to fulfill my wordy Wednesday duties until September! Munificent - adjective.…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded