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dabchick

[dab-chik] /ˈdæbˌtʃɪk/
noun
1.
any of various small grebes, especially the little grebe.
Origin of dabchick
1565-1575
1565-75; earlier dapchick (see dap, chick); compare doppened moorhen (literally, dipping duck)
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  • He thought of a dabchick that hides so cleverly no one can put it up— then, suddenly, is there, close at hand.

    The Promise of Air Algernon Blackwood
  • The dabchick is a small bird—rather smaller than a pigeon—and has no erectile ornaments.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • If the kingfisher can find a living and abundant fish in our rivers and brooks, why does the dabchick migrate?

  • Didapper, did′ap-ėr, n. a water-bird that is constantly dipping or diving under water—also called the dabchick.

  • The dabchick, as this bird is called, is the most evenly distributed bird of this family.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • “Shift over, bow and the next man,” shouted out Mr dabchick.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • The dabchick is a very timid bird, and when alarmed instantly dives, after which it is useless to look after the bird.

  • I have never myself seen a dabchick fly through the air or walk on land, neither have I ever heard its note.

  • The little grebe or dabchick (Podiceps albipennis) is another species that lays in July or August.

  • She is called the Little Grebe, or sometimes, by her intimate friends, the dabchick.

British Dictionary definitions for dabchick

dabchick

/ˈdæbˌtʃɪk/
noun
1.
any of several small grebes of the genera Podiceps and Podilymbus, such as Podiceps ruficollis of the Old World
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old English dop to dive + chick; see deep, dip
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