grebe

[ greeb ]
/ grib /

noun

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

First recorded in 1760–70, grebe is from the French word grèbe < ?
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grebe

/ (ɡriːb) /

noun

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 for grebe

C18: from French grèbe, of unknown origin
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