American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various swimming and diving birds of the family Podicipedidae, having a pointed bill and lobed, fleshy membranes along each toe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Podicipedidæ (which see for technical characters); a diving bird, related to the loons or divers, but pinnatiped or lobe-footed, with a rudimentary tail, naked lores, and, in most species, a crest on the head. There are upward of 20 species, of several genera, distributed all over the world. They inhabit chiefly fresh waters, and are most expert divers and swimmers, but move on land very awkwardly, owing to the backward position of the legs. Because of the apparent absence of a tail, and the singular ruffs or crests, the aspect of these birds is peculiar. They nest in ponds, lakes, and rivers, generally building among reeds or rushes, and lay several, usually 6 or 8, elliptical whole-colored eggs. One of the best-known species is the common dabchick of Europe, Podiceps or Sylbeocyclus minor. The grebe known in America as the dabchiok is Podilymbus podiceps. The largest is the spear-billed or western grebe, Æchmophorus occidentalis, peculiar to western North America. (See cut under
Æchmophorus.) The great grebe is a conspicuously crested species of the old world, Podiceps cristatus. The European red-necked grebe is P. griseigena, a variety of which, P. holboelli, also inhabits North America. The Slavonian or horned grebe, P. cornutus, is common in most parts of the northern hemisphere; the eared grebe, P. auritus or nigricollis, is closely related to it. Some of the grebes reach 2 feet in length, but most of them are much smaller. The plumage of the breast is of a beautiful silvery luster and satiny texture, and is much used to ornament ladies' hats, for muffs, etc. Grebes have many local popular names, as arse-foot, dabchick, didapper, dipper, dopper, helldiver, and waterwitch.
- n. Any of several waterbirds in the cosmopolitan family Podicipedidae. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- n. small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet
- From French grèbe. (Wiktionary)
- French grèbe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One single species of grebe, which is uneatable, found no grace in the eyes of the young merchant; this was the “caiarara,” as quick to dive as to swim or fly; a bird with a disagreeable cry, but whose down bears a high price in the different markets of the”
“One single species of grebe, which is uneatable, found no grace in the eyes of the young merchant; this was the _ "caiarara," _ as quick to dive as to swim or fly; a bird with a disagreeable cry, but whose down bears a high price in the different markets of the Amazonian basin.”
“A day when you see a grebe is a day which is not completely wasted.”
“The luxuriance of the grebe's summer headdress seems somehow out of step with the frigid greyness of this landscape.”
“April 3rd, 2010 at 6: 13 pm dbadass says: by addressing Eugene Debs instead the pretend grebe doc displays a hardly subtle indicator of exactly where the pretend grebe doc stands in the social heirarchy.”
“March 23rd, 2010 at 10: 23 pm dbadass says: vet tech at the grebe farm …”
“If you think the $12.50 in your wallet qualifies as ‘health insurance’ the dread IRS will send an agent to your door and hold a grebe to your head until you either pony up or go to jail.”
“Remember those grebe populations you did your thesis work with?”
“March 31st, 2010 at 9: 22 pm dbadass says: so pretend grebe doc do you have any thoughts as to the updates of the Georges bank yellowtail rules?”
“Copy this and post it everytime lame ass appears … Cram it down his sorry ass throat as if it were a pied bill grebe ….”
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