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Dabchick \Dab"chick`\ (d[a^]b"ch[i^]k`), n. [For dabchick. See Dap, Dip, cf. Dipchick.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster] ||


n. The dabchick, or little grebe.

Usage examples of "hell-diver".

There were little mudhens, and the small hell-divers that peppered the water thickly with their little black bodies.