Definition of dabchick in English:

dabchick

Syllabification: dab·chick
Pronunciation: /ˈdabˌCHik
 
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noun

  • A small grebe, especially the little grebe.
    • Genera Tachybaptus and Podilymbus, family Podicipedidae: several species
    More example sentences
    • Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.
    • A good number of duck species such as dabchicks, garganey, pin-tailed, lesser whistling teal and shovellers arrive at the Appalangulam tank located inside the Guindy National Park.
    • At Vedanthangal one can sight glossy and white ibis, painted storks, grey pelicans, shovellors, garganey, whistling teals, Indian moorhen and dabchicks.

Origin

mid 16th century (as dapchick or dopchick): the first element is perhaps related to dip and deep.

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