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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A little grebe paddled with surprising speed through the water.
▪ Among those first to die were cormorants and black-necked grebes.
▪ He had an interested audience of mallard, water-hen and the solitary grebe.
▪ Moorhens, mallards, grebes and a heron work the murky water for their evening meals.
▪ On deeper water teal, mallard and great crested grebes bobbed and coots squawked and chased each other noisily.
▪ Red-heads dive constantly like grebes, but have conspicuously whiter cheeks, and are also much whiter than other small diving ducks.
▪ Seabirds were badly affected, with cormorants and black-necked grebes being among the first to die.
▪ We heard the growling call-note of great crested grebes.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Grebe \Grebe\ (gr[=e]b), n. [F. gr[`e]be, fr. Armor. krib comb; akin to kriben crest, W. crib comb, crest. So called in allusion to the crest of one species.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several swimming birds or divers, of the genus Colymbus (formerly Podiceps), and allied genera, found in the northern parts of America, Europe, and Asia. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

diving bird, 1766, from French grèbe, of unknown origin, possibly from Breton krib "a comb," since some species are crested.


n. Any of several waterbirds in the cosmopolitan family Podicipedidae. They have strong, sharp bills, and lobate toes.


n. small compact-bodied almost completely aquatic bird that builds floating nests; similar to loons but smaller and with lobate rather than webbed feet


A grebe is a member of the order Podicipediformes and the only type of bird associated with this order.

Grebes are a widely distributed order of freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating and in winter. This order contains only a single family, the Podicipedidae, containing 22 species in 6 extant genera.

Usage examples of "grebe".

Then he slew a cassowary and a flamingo and a grebe and a heron and a bittern and a pair of ducks and a shouting peacock and a dancing crane and a bustard and a lily-trotter and, wiping the sacred sweat from his brow with one ermine-trimmed sleeve, slew a wood pigeon and a cockatoo and a tawny owl and a snowy owl and a magpie and three jackdaws and a crow and a jay and a dove.

He knew how the forms of life branched out from willowherb to bog orchid, waxwing to grebe, elm to paulownia, cichlid to sea-squirt.

Wilson snipe, sandhill crane, Gadwall and canvas-back and red-bill Merganser ducks, American widgeon, red-necked grebe, Dunlin sandpiper, red-winged starling, and scores of equally fantastic prey.

And in the last days of summer, 1911, two families from Ottumwa reported to the station for the journey west: Earl and Alice Grebe and a crafty older pair already familiar with emigration, Magnes and Vesta Volkema, accompanied by their two teen-age children.

This is the Western Flyway, thus ducks, geese, scoters, grebes, an occasional sea harrier.

Countess and I tasted our first triumph in her cellar, whither we conducted Sir Peter Grebe, the Crown-Prince of Monaco, Baron de Becasse, and his Majesty King Christian of Finland.

Hmong who poached bass from the San Luis Reservoir with 1,550-foot setlines, drove deer into ambushes by banging on pots and pans, and served stewed pied-bill grebe for dinner.

They could hear and occasionally see the swamp birds, the herons, the huge blue herons and the green ones, the bitterns, the white ibis with coral-colored legs and beaks, the grebes and the snake birds.

On the other hand, grebes and coots are eminently aquatic, although their toes are only bordered by membrane.

Wild duck, snipe, teal and grebe abounded there, and it was agreed that a day should be devoted to an expedition against these birds.

I noticed it first when we were lying in the wholly sunless estuary of the River Plate, having sent the tender over that vast and as far as I could see birdless waste to Buenos Aires, carrying among other burdens a message to you in which I pointed out the extraordinary contrast between your African water, teeming with both familiar and wildly exotic duck, geese, anhingas, waders from the most minute of stints to Ardea goliath, and this prodigious desert, inhabited perhaps to the extreme limit of my glass by one moulting black-crested grebe.

Earl Grebe did not have one dollar, and with no gasoline for his tractor, he would be unable to produce crops even if the duststorms did abate.

Whereas Grebe and Bachem (Bonn), as a result of their own measurements and those of Evershed and Schwarzschild on the cyanogen bands, have placed the existence of the effect almost beyond doubt, while other investigators, particularly St.

The Grebe place was sold to Philip Wendell, who was buying up any farmland that was being vacated by discouraged homesteaders, and he paid the going price: three thousand dollars for 1,280 acres plus the house, with the soddy thrown in.

The monastery of which Eduardo had spoken was five days journey to the south-east, but the prospect of the altiplano rheas, the salt lakes with their different kinds of flamingo, and the unending deserts of pure white salt itself lent Stephen Maturin wings and, helped by unnaturally kind weather, they reached the high lonely mission in four although they were loaded with the spoils of Lake Titicaca - the skins of two flightless grebes, two different species of ibis, a crested duck and some rails, together with plants and insects.