A dabchick in the water.
- the smallest European grebe (Podiceps ruficollis)
- ☆ pied-billed grebe
Origin of dabchickdab + chick: from the manner of diving
Any of various small grebes of the genera Poliocephalus and Tachybaptus.
Origin of dabchickAlteration (probably influenced by dab1) of earlier dobchick, dopchick : probably obsolete English dop, to dive, plunge (from Middle English doppen; akin to Middle English doppe, diving bird from Old English -doppa, as in dūfedoppa, pelican) + chick.
- (UK) Popular name for the little grebe.