Definition of little grebe in English:

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little grebe


A small, puffy-looking Old World grebe with a short neck and bill and a trilling call.
  • Genus Tachybaptus, family Podicipedidae: three species, in particular the widespread T. ruficollis (also called dabchick).
Example sentences
  • Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.
  • My visit to the Laundry pond yielded only a few birds, a single little egret, a coot, a pair of little grebes, several ferruginous ducks and a small flock of mallards.
  • John also reared and released 12 starlings, 11 house martins, eight blackbirds, three bluetits, three hedge sparrows, one greenfinch, one little grebe, five collared doves, 16 pigeons, one seagull, three swifts and a ferret.

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Syllabification: lit·tle grebe

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