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[greeb] /grib/
any diving bird of the family Podicipedidae, related to the loons, but having a rudimentary tail and lobate rather than webbed toes.
Origin of grebe
1760-70; < French grèbe < ? Unabridged
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  • grebe denied ever having written or sent a threatening note or having engaged in any discussion regarding biological weapons.
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British Dictionary definitions for grebe


any aquatic bird, such as Podiceps cristatus (great crested grebe), of the order Podicipediformes, similar to the divers but with lobate rather than webbed toes and a vestigial tail
Word Origin
C18: from French grèbe, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for grebe

diving bird, 1766, from French grèbe, of unknown origin, possibly from Breton krib "a comb," since some species are crested.

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