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  • Australian dab-chick Tachybaptushas novaehollandiae and little pied cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucus are common at Lake Tegano.

    East Rennell, Solomon Islands

  • But it will no more stay under cover, I find, than a dab-chick will stay under water.

    The Prairie Child

  • It sounds very appealing, but every time I try to think it over my heart goes down like a dab-chick.

    The Prairie Child

  • Some would have him to be a barnacle goose, others a dab-chick or coot -- none of which can fairly be classed as _aviculæ_ small birds.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln A Short Story of One of the Makers of Mediaeval England

  • Jamie listened open-eyed to his accounts of the moor-hen, flapper, coot, water-rail, dab-chick, and sand-piper, to say nothing of rats in abundance, and an otter now and then.

    A Vanished Hand

  • Flashes, the fish in his beak! there the dab-chick dived, and the motion

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • But this is a lovely book, in which Morrison, of Queen's University, Ontario, gives us context, geography and history; defines some terms sedan chair, dab-chick, blain, and admits what he doesn't know.

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  • If one happens only to shut the door a little hard, she starts and wriggles like a young dab-chick in the water; and Benwick sits at her elbow, reading verses, or whispering to her, all day long. "

    Persuasion

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