\ ˈgrēb How to pronounce grebe (audio) \

Definition of grebe

: any of a family (Podicipedidae) of swimming and diving birds closely related to the loons but having lobed toes — compare dabchick

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Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps 1 million years ago or more, a male grebe needed bright colors and tricky moves. Washington Post, "Birds fall in love, and they have the moves to prove it," 12 Nov. 2019 In the Andes Mountains in South America, water birds called hooded grebes have bright red eyes. Washington Post, "Birds fall in love, and they have the moves to prove it," 12 Nov. 2019 Some of these visitors will include green-winged teal, the colorful wood duck, Western and Clark’s grebes, some species of sandpiper and loons. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ladder-backed woodpecker is fond of the desert," 19 Sep. 2019 The separation of penguins, pelicans and ibis from flamingos and grebes (and pigeons) implies that the waterbird trait evolved independently multiple times. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "The Bird Family Tree Gets a Makeover," 1 Apr. 2015 Miscellaneous: Sightings included a horned grebe at Duxbury Beach, a whimbrel at Belle Isle Marsh in Boston, and two black skimmers at Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth., "Bird sightings across the region," 26 Aug. 2019 Spring and summer are peak nesting season for Western and Clark’s grebes, and Lake Hodges has become a major nursery for the large water birds. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Officials respond to concerns about grebe nests," 8 June 2019 Western and Clark’s grebes are conspicuous water birds of western North America, ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Officials respond to concerns about grebe nests," 8 June 2019 Newburyport: At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge were four horned grebes, one snowy owl, 50 purple sandpipers, 44 migrating northern harriers, and 41 migrating American kestrels., "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grebe

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grebe

French grèbe

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9 Dec 2019

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“Grebe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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: a swimming and diving bird related to the loon

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