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.
Ovid and Apollodorus agree that Æsacus was the son of Priam, and that he was changed into a didapper, or diver, but they differ in the other circumstances of his life.
He is so afflicted at her death, that he throws himself into the sea, and is transformed into a didapper.
Persons who observe them, as they fly, call to mind how Æsacus, the son of Priam, was changed into a sea bird, called the didapper.
In the _Peri Bathous_ Pope included Welsted as a didapper and an eel.
If we stood off th 'little didapper all night, you know we can all day. "
Them Yankees went out o 'sight quicker' n a didapper duck. "
"The old didapper," began Bildad, somewhat irreverently, "infested this here house about twenty year.
“This one, too, which you see, as it cuts through the sea, and having its legs drawn up,” pointing at a didapper, with its wide throat, “was the son of a king.
Latin name of the diver, or didapper, ‘mergus,’ by saying that it was so called, ‘a mergendo,’ from its diving, which doubtless was the origin of the name, though not taking its rise in the fiction here related by the Poet.]
But it is worthless compared with the priceless items that were taken, like didapper and nautch. "