any of various small grebes, especially the little grebe.

1565–75; earlier dapchick (see dap, chick); compare doppened moorhen (literally, dipping duck)

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dabchick (ˈdæbˌtʃɪk)
any of several small grebes of the genera Podiceps and Podilymbus, such as Podiceps ruficollis of the Old World
[C16: probably from Old English dop to dive + chick; see deep, dip]

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