\ 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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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 From coolly majestic lionesses to frantically racing grebes, from a Serengeti sunset to an otherworldly penguin procession, this exhibition is sure to leave viewers awestruck at the wide world around them. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Holiday Season, Make Merry in a Museum," 18 Dec. 2017 About then a small group of eared grebes came floating by in the slow current of Rush Creek. Ernie Cowan,, "Visiting colorful Eastern Sierra an annual ritual," 12 Oct. 2017 The 564-acre marsh adjacent to Turnagain Arm is a magnet for birders, who may encounter trumpeter swans, tundra swans, red-necked grebes, northern pintails, arctic terns and other species amid the marsh's sedges. Mike Campbell, Alaska Dispatch News, "Effort to expand Potter Marsh by 2 acres underway," 8 Sep. 2017 Not only can birders spot ducks, geese, grebes and coots; a number of warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, birds of prey including bald eagles, golden eagles and ospreys, and much more also move through the area. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Exploring Michigan’s Wetland Wonders," 21 Aug. 2017 On an easy half-mile walk, visitors can watch and discuss ducks, geese, grebes and songbirds. Anita Gosch, Orange County Register, "Free in the O.C.: May 2017," 20 May 2017 A pair of grebes who didn’t love each other might be less willing to cooperate. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Animals and Love: Exclusive Excerpt From Exultant Ark," 16 June 2011

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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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: a swimming and diving bird related to the loon

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