• WordNet 3.6
    • n grebe small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
    • n Grebe grēb (Zoöl) One of several swimming birds or divers, of the genus Colymbusformerly Podiceps), and allied genera, found in the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bird watching term: peebeegeebee = a pied-billed grebe.
    • n grebe A bird of the family Podicipedidæ (which see for technical characters); a diving bird, related to the loons or divers, but pinnatiped or lobe-footed, with a rudimentary tail, naked lores, and, in most species, a crest on the head. There are upward of 20 species, of several genera, distributed all over the world. They inhabit chiefly fresh waters, and are most expert divers and swimmers, but move on land very awkwardly, owing to the backward position of the legs. Because of the apparent absence of a tail, and the singular ruffs or crests, the aspect of these birds is peculiar. They nest in ponds, lakes, and rivers, generally building among reeds or rushes, and lay several, usually 6 or 8, elliptical whole-colored eggs. One of the best-known species is the common dabchick of Europe, Podiceps or Sylbeocyclus minor. The grebe known in America as the dabchiok is Podilymbus podiceps. The largest is the spear-billed or western grebe, Æchmophorus occidentalis, peculiar to western North America. (See cut under Æchmophorus.) The great grebe is a conspicuously crested species of the old world, Podiceps cristatus. The European red-necked grebe is P. griseigena, a variety of which, P. holboelli, also inhabits North America. The Slavonian or horned grebe, P. cornutus, is common in most parts of the northern hemisphere; the eared grebe, P. auritus or nigricollis, is closely related to it. Some of the grebes reach 2 feet in length, but most of them are much smaller. The plumage of the breast is of a beautiful silvery luster and satiny texture, and is much used to ornament ladies' hats, for muffs, etc. Grebes have many local popular names, as arse-foot, dabchick, didapper, dipper, dopper, helldiver, and waterwitch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grebe grēb an aquatic bird, having a long conical beak, short wings, and no tail.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. grèbe, fr. Armor. krib, comb; akin to kriben, crest, W. crib, comb, crest. So called in allusion to the crest of one species
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. grèbe; from Celt., as in Bret. krib, a comb, W. crib, crest.


In literature:

The Least Grebe is by far the smallest of the Grebes in this country, being but 10 in.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
In Bronx Park in New York a grebe and a loon lived together in an inclosure in which was a large pool of water.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
It has also the curious habit of sinking like a Grebe.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
The grebe spends half of his life in or on the water.
"Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road" by Katharine Lee Bates
Lieutenant-Colonel Grebe says that young men left school and college and office and trade to go to America with the Hessian army.
"A Defence of the Hessians" by Joseph George Rosengarten
The call resembled that of the western grebe.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
To them succeeded Barbara of the House of Grebe, Lady Icenway and Squire Petrick's lady.
"Mr. Punch's Country Life" by Various
They are called Grebes.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
It was a dab-chick or lesser grebe.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
There were great numbers of grebes and ducks in the bay, and I asked the dock foreman if there was any rule against shooting there.
"Cruisings in the Cascades" by George O. Shields

In poetry:

Followed grebe and meadowlark,
Saw them sing and splash.
(Lucy Bakewell Audubon
Somehow raised the cash).
"John James Audobon" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

PAWS helps rescued grebes gain strength.
How Red-necked Grebes Got the Name.
In this photo provided by Utah Division of Wildlife Services, a surviving grebe huddles in the snow Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 after thousands of the birds crash landed throughout Southern Utah on Monday night.
I kept a low profile and waited as a pair of grebes made their way toward me, then this one stopped in the perfect se...
Grebe celebrates 50th wedding anniversary.
David Copley Grebe and Sharon Goodwin Grebe of Zionsville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 7.
Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff, trans.
This powerful first in a new thriller series from Swedish sisters Grebe and Träff introduces a delightfully flawed heroine, Dr Siri Bergman, a psychologist who sleeps with the lights on.
Bob Grebe has a new job.
Grebe , the "roving reporter" on "News7 Mornin'" who is perhaps best-known for his "Do My Job Bob" segments, has left WDBJ (Channel 7) to become anchor of a new morning program on WFXR (Channels 21/27).
This is an undated handout photo released by Birdlife International of the alaotra grebe .
The Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) can be distinguished from Clark's Grebe by the black cap which extends below the Western Grebe 's eyes.
In North America, Horned Grebes breed in Alaska, western Canada and the extreme northern United States.
Dave Owen, of St Helens, Merseyside, England, photographed this Horned Grebe (known in Britain as the Slavonian Grebe) at Loch Ruthven, Scotland.
I've been talking with Kevin McGowan, he's with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , about the mass bird downing in Utah this week that left some 1,500 eared grebes dead.