dabchick

[ dab-chik ]
/ ˈdæbˌtʃɪk /

noun

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)
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dabchick

/ (ˈdæbˌtʃɪk) /

noun

any of several small grebes of the genera Podiceps and Podilymbus, such as Podiceps ruficollis of the Old World

Word Origin for dabchick

C16: probably from Old English dop to dive + chick; see deep, dip
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