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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 of grebe
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70, grebe is from the French word grèbe < ?
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  • Then Mrs. grebe takes her place on it, and proceeds to lay and hatch her eggs.

  • A summary word or two, first, respecting the grebe family, will be useful.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • The parent will sometimes dive with its offspring, just as the Little grebe will do.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • This grebe is a late breeder, the eggs not being laid before June.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • In its nesting economy the Little grebe closely resembles its congeners.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The nest of the grebe is usually placed in a tuft of rushes, on the edge of the water.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • In regard to size this grebe comes next to the Western, being 19 in.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The Least grebe is by far the smallest of the grebes in this country, being but 10 in.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Specimens of this grebe were obtained near Cordova by White in 1882.

  • The nests of the Little grebe may be found floating in every rushy pool.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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