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grebe Line breaks: grebe
Pronunciation: /ɡriːb/

Definition of grebe in English:


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A diving waterbird with a long neck, lobed toes, and almost no tail, typically having bright breeding plumage used in display.
  • Family Podicipedidae: several genera
Example sentences
  • Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.
  • The farm is also home to blue-winged teals, coots, grebes, and an occasional osprey or peregrine falcon.
  • The Horned Grebe is a small grebe with a straight bill, thick neck, and squarish head.


Mid 18th century: from French grèbe (term used in the Savoie region), of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with grebe

Antibes, Beeb, Delibes, dweeb, glebe, Maghrib, plebe
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