Dabchick Dab"chick` (d[a^]b"ch[i^]k`), n. [For dabchick. See {Dap}, {Dip}, cf. {Dipchick}.] (Zo["o]l.) A small water bird ({Podilymbus podiceps}), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called also {dapchick}, {dobchick}, {dipchick}, {didapper}, {dobber}, {devil-diver}, {hell-diver}, and {pied-billed grebe}. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, , (Podiceps minor)

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  • Dabchick — may refer to: The Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), formerly known as Dabchick. The New Zealand Dabchick or Weweia (Poliocephalus rufopectus). The Dabchick sailing dinghy. People from Aldbourne This disambiguation page lists articles… …   Wikipedia

  • dabchick — [dab′chik΄] n. [ DAB1 + CHICK: from the manner of diving] 1. the smallest European grebe (Podiceps ruficollis) ☆ 2. PIED BILLED GREBE …   English World dictionary

  • dabchick — Gallinule Gal li*nule, n. [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a frontal shield, belonging to the family {Rallidae}. They are remarkable for running… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dabchick — noun Etymology: probably irregular from obsolete English dop to dive + English chick Date: circa 1550 any of several small grebes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dabchick — /dab chik /, n. any of various small grebes, esp. the little grebe. [1565 75; earlier dapchick (see DAP, CHICK); cf. doppened moorhen (lit., dipping duck)] * * * …   Universalium

  • dabchick — noun popular name for the little grebe …   Wiktionary

  • dabchick — see DEEP …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • dabchick — small grebe Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • dabchick — n. (Zoology) dobber, type of small grebe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dabchick — noun a small grebe, especially the little grebe. Origin C16 (as dapchick or dopchick): the first element is perh. related to dip and deep …   English new terms dictionary

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