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grebe

[greeb]
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noun
  1. any diving bird of the family Podicipedidae, related to the loons, but having a rudimentary tail and lobate rather than webbed toes.
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Origin of grebe

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.

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

    Love's Meinie

    John Ruskin

  • 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

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  • The parent will sometimes dive with its offspring, just as the Little Grebe will do.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon


British Dictionary definitions for grebe

grebe

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
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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.

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