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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. 2018.
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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


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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