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grebe

[greeb] /grib/
noun
1.
any diving bird of the family Podicipedidae, related to the loons, but having a rudimentary tail and lobate rather than webbed toes.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French grèbe < ?
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Examples for grebe
  • grebe denied ever having written or sent a threatening note or having engaged in any discussion regarding biological weapons.
  • Only oddity noted was the presence of an eared grebe.
British Dictionary definitions for grebe

grebe

/ɡriːb/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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