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Any of various small grebes of the genera Poliocephalus and Tachybaptus.

[Alteration (probably influenced by dab) of earlier dobchick, dopchick : probably obsolete English dop, to dive, plunge (from Middle English doppen; akin to Middle English doppe, diving bird, from Old English -doppa, as in dūfedoppa, pelican) + chick.]


(Animals) any of several small grebes of the genera Podiceps and Podilymbus, such as Podiceps ruficollis of the Old World
[C16: probably from Old English dop to dive + chick; see deep, dip]



any of various small grebes, esp. the little grebe, Tachybaptus rufficollis, of Europe.
[1565–75; earlier dapchick (see dap, chick)]
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Noun1.dabchick - small European grebedabchick - small European grebe      
grebe - small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet


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