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1. A sword, or hanger.

2. [From the shape of the bill.

(Science: zoology) The shoveler. The poachard.

Origin: Cf. Prov. E. & Scot. Whingar, whinger; perhaps from AS. Winn contention, war _ geard, gyrd, a staff, rod, yard; or cf. AS. Hwinan to whistle, E. Whine.