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helldiver

[ hel-dahy-ver ]

noun

  1. a grebe, especially the pied-billed grebe.


helldiver

/ ˈhɛlˌdaɪvə /

noun

  1. informal.
    a small greyish-brown North American grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, with a small bill Also calledpied-billed grebedabchick


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Word History and Origins

Origin of helldiver1

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; hell + diver
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Example Sentences

The Helldiver, which had been closest to us when our signal had been picked up, was the first ship in.

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