dabchick

[ dab-chik ]

noun
  1. any of various small grebes, especially the little grebe.

Origin of dabchick

1
1565–75; earlier dapchick (see dap, chick); compare doppened moorhen (literally, dipping duck)

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How to use dabchick in a sentence

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

Origin of dabchick

1
C16: probably from Old English dop to dive + chick; see deep, dip

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