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  • n. The dabchick, or little grebe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dabchick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grebe.


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  • I went through the water like a hell-diver, and without quite knowing what I was doing I got hold of him and tried to garrote him.

    The Prairie Child

  • He allowed that it was a common "hell-diver with an abnormal head," while Lyons claimed that it was a kingfisher.


  • And so it is that the duck called hell-diver has red eyes.”

    The Vanishing Race


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  • HAHAHA! Bilby, you're on a tear today!

    December 8, 2007

  • I need this word. You know, you drop a dollar on the pavement, and it rolls a way from you and over the kerb and there it goes right down to the bottom of Dante's bloody inferno. So you look around like a goose thinking how am I gonna get this coin back?

    But no, you're not really a goose,

    You shake your reptilian vestiges loose,

    You're fired by transmogrificatory juice,

    You become a ..... hell-diver!


    December 8, 2007

  • It was too evil to be a holy-diver. ;-) Actually, I think it's a beautiful bird, but to each his/her own....

    December 8, 2007

  • What, no holy-diver?

    December 8, 2007

  • Lol, its nicknames read like a tracklist from a heavy metal album.

    December 8, 2007

  • Obsolete nickname for the Horned Grebe. Other nicknames include devil-diver, pink-eyed diver, and water witch. Apparently it was not a well-liked bird.

    December 7, 2007