(Science: zoology) The European widgeon.
Origin: Cf. Whimbrel.
Synonym: Freak, caprice, whimsey, fancy.
Whim, Freak, Caprice. Freak denotes an impulsive, inconsiderate change of mind, as by a child or a lunatic. Whim is a mental eccentricity due to peculiar processes or habits of thought. Caprice is closely allied in meaning to freak, but implies more definitely a quality of willfulness or wantonness.
Origin: Cf. Icel. Hwima to wander with the eyes, vim giddiness, Norw. Kvima to whisk or flutter about, to trifle, Dan. Vimse to skip, whisk, jump from one thing to another, dial. Sw. Hvimsa to be unsteady, dizzy, W. Chwimio to move briskly.