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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Historical Examples of dabchick

  • 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

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 for dabchick

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