from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small grebe, such as the dabchick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small diving water bird frequenting rivers and fresh waters, specifically a little grebe.
  • n. One who disappears for a time and suddenly reappears.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See dabchick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dabchick or little grebe of Europe, Podicipes or Sylbeocyclus minor.
  • n. One of sundry other small grebes, as the pied-billed dabchick, Podilymbus podicipes.


Middle English didopper, alteration of divedap, from Old English dūfedoppa, pelican : dūfan, to dive; see dive1 + -doppa, a kind of bird.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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