dabchick

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A newly hatched or unfledged chick.
  • n. Hence A delectable morsel; a childish, tender, delicate person.
  • n. A small grebe; a water-bird of the family Podicipedidae: 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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‘Dabchick’ is an alteration of ‘dobchick,’ where ‘dob’ comes from the Middle English ‘doppe,’ diving bird.

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