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Any of various swimming and diving birds of the family Podicipedidae, having a pointed bill and lobed, fleshy membranes along each toe.
(Animals) 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
[C18: from French grèbe, of unknown origin]
any diving bird of the cosmopolitan order Podicipediformes, having a rudimentary tail and lobate toes.
[1760–70; < French grèbe, appar. < Franco-Provençal; further orig. obscure]
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|Noun||1.||grebe - small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet|
podicipitiform seabird - aquatic birds related to the loons
black-necked grebe, eared grebe, Podiceps nigricollis - small grebe with yellow ear tufts and a black neck; found in Eurasia and southern Africa as well as western United States