helldiver

[ hel-dahy-ver ]
/ ˈhɛlˌdaɪ vər /
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noun

a grebe, especially the pied-billed grebe.

Nearby words

  1. hellbender,
  2. hellbent,
  3. hellbox,
  4. hellbroth,
  5. hellcat,
  6. helle,
  7. hellebore,
  8. helleborein,
  9. helleborin,
  10. helleborine

Origin of helldiver

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

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Examples from the Web for helldiver

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

    Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for helldiver

helldiver

/ (ˈhɛlˌdaɪvə) /

noun

US informal a small greyish-brown North American grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, with a small billAlso called: pied-billed grebe, dabchick
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