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[dab-chik] /ˈdæbˌtʃɪk/
any of various small grebes, especially the little grebe.
Origin of dabchick
1565-75; earlier dapchick (see dap, chick); compare doppened moorhen (literally, dipping duck) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • I have never myself seen a dabchick fly through the air or walk on land, neither have I ever heard its note.

  • The dabchick is a very timid bird, and when alarmed instantly dives, after which it is useless to look after the bird.

  • “Shift over, bow and the next man,” shouted out Mr dabchick.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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