Grebe Grebe (gr[=e]b), n. [F. gr[`e]be, fr. Armor. krib comb; akin to kriben crest, W. crib comb, crest. So called in allusion to the crest of one species.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several swimming birds or divers, of the genus {Colymbus} (formerly {Podiceps}), and allied genera, found in the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes. [1913 Webster]

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