• WordNet 3.6
    • n dabchick small European grebe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dabchick dăb"chĭk` (Zoöl) A small water bird (Podilymbus podiceps), allied to the grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called also dapchick dobchick dipchick didapper dobber devil-diver hell-diver, and pied-billed grebe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dabchick A newly hatched or unfledged chick.
    • n dabchick Hence A delectable morsel; a childish, tender, delicate person.
    • n dabchick A small grebe; a water-bird of the family Podicipedidæ: especially applied in Europe to the Podiceps minor, the little grebe, and in the United States to the Podilymbus podiceps, the Carolina or pied-billed grebe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dabchick a small water-fowl, a kind of grebe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For dabchick,. See Dap Dip, cf. Dipchick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
First about 1300; cf. Old Dut. dabben, to pinch; Ger. tappe, a pat. Confused with Daub and Tap.


In literature:

In the hot summer weather he would bathe twenty times a day, and was as much at home in the water as any dabchick.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
Along the shore, in a weedy shallow, the peaceful dabchicks were feeding.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
Here he loved to dwell, and hunt moorhens and dabchicks and water-rats all night long by the banks of silvery Coln.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Our familiar Pied-billed Grebe or Dabchick disappears so suddenly, that 'Water Witch' is one of its common names.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Why, I thought to myself, had fate denied to me the peaceful domesticity of the DABCHICKS?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 11, 1891" by Various
Moorhens, coots and dabchicks are abundant; the reed-sparrow is heard only in a few districts.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
The most expert waterman that sculls his skiff on the Thames or Isis, is but an humble and unskillful imitator of the dabchick.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
The little grebe or dabchick.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
I recognized it as the dabchick.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
After a time the muddy brown eggs crack open one by one, and out come the young Dabchicks, pretty, little, fuzzy brown balls.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various