grebe

[greeb]
noun
any diving bird of the family Podicipedidae, related to the loons, but having a rudimentary tail and lobate rather than webbed toes.


Origin:
1760–70; < French grèbe < ?

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grebe (ɡriːb)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from French grèbe, of unknown origin]

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grebe
1766, from Fr. grèbe, possibly from Breton krib "a comb," since some species are crested.
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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.
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