One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small grebe, especially the little grebe.
Genera Tachybaptus and Podilymbus, family Podicipedidae: several species
- ‘Binoculars are supplied so you can view the black teal, swans, dabchicks, ducks and even the spotless crake or elusive bittern.’
- ‘At Vedanthangal one can sight glossy and white ibis, painted storks, grey pelicans, shovellors, garganey, whistling teals, Indian moorhen and dabchicks.’
- ‘Smallest of the grebes, the little grebe, or dabchick, is considerably rounder and more dumpy than its congeners.’
- ‘There are stooping painted storks, immaculate spoonbills, small groups of dabchicks puttering about like busy little tugboats, and a pair of patrolling river terns, which I think are nesting on a mud-spit at the far side.’
- ‘Swans were seen nesting and a dabchick had a flotilla of chicks behind her.’
- ‘At least 12 birds, mostly chicks and dabchicks, living on the dam and its surrounds have died from the poisoning effects of the oil spill.’
- ‘A good number of duck species such as dabchicks, garganey, pin-tailed, lesser whistling teal and shovellers arrive at the Appalangulam tank located inside the Guindy National Park.’
Mid 16th century (as dapchick or dopchick): the first element is perhaps related to dip and deep.
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