Any of various small grebes of the genera Poliocephalus and Tachybaptus.
The smallest European grebe (Podiceps ruficollis)
(UK) Popular name for the little grebe.
Alternative Form of dabchick - dipchick, dobchick
Other Word Forms
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