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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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  • Indeed it is in East Anglia that I have most especially watched the dabchick.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • The dabchick is a small bird—rather smaller than a pigeon—and has no erectile ornaments.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • 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
  • The most expert waterman that sculls his skiff on the Thames or Isis, is but an humble and unskillful imitator of the dabchick.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • The little grebe or dabchick (Podiceps albipennis) is another species that lays in July or August.

  • The larger birds are the wood-pigeon, moorhen, dabchick, and to these the carrion crow may now be added as a breeding species.

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson
  • The dabchick lays five or six long-shaped eggs, pointed at either end, of a chalky white colour.

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

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

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
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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