Dabchick definition

dăbchĭk
Any of various small grebes of the genera Poliocephalus and Tachybaptus.
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The smallest European grebe (Podiceps ruficollis)
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(UK) Popular name for the little grebe.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of dabchick - dipchick, dobchick

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dabchick
Plural:
dabchicks

Origin of dabchick

  • Alteration (probably influenced by dab) of earlier dobchick, dopchick probably obsolete English dop to dive, plunge (from Middle English doppen) (Middle English doppe diving bird) (from Old English -doppa) (as in dūfedoppa pelican) chick

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition