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dipper,

common name for the only aquatic member of the order Perciformes (perching birds) found near cold mountain streams. With their short, stubby wings and tails and their thick brownish plumage, dippers are thought to be closely related to the wrens. There are four species: the brownish gray North American dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, called also water ouzel, found from Alaska to Panama; the white-headed dipper of the Andes; the European common dipper, with a white throat and breast, found from Scandinavia to Africa; and the Asian dipper of Siberia and China. Dippers have filmy feathers, large preen glands that provide waterproofing oil, and flaps over the nostrils and a third eyelid to keep out water. They swim well underwater, using their wings for propulsion, and eat water insects and larvae, newts, and minnows. Their wrenlike domed nests are built in rock crevices. Dippers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Perciformes, family Cinclidae.

dipper

1. any aquatic songbird of the genus Cinclus and family Cinclidae, esp C. cinclus. They inhabit fast-flowing streams and resemble large wrens
2. Archaic an Anabaptist
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As she replaced the dipper Seesaw promptly raised his hand, and Miss Dearborn indicated a weary affirmative.
And truly Levin had never drunk any liquor so good as this warm water with green bits floating in it, and a taste of rust from the tin dipper.
The old man crumbled up some bread in a cup, stirred it with the handle of a spoon, poured water on it from the dipper, broke up some more bread, and having seasoned it with salt, he turned to the east to say his prayer.
The mowers from all sides, brought closer together in the short row, kept urging one another on to the sound of jingling dipper and clanging scythes, and the hiss of the whetstones sharpening them, and good-humored shouts.
The sun was already sinking into the trees when they went with their jingling dippers into the wooded ravine of Mashkin Upland.
Adaptations of dipper feathers from their terrestrial origins to their under-water feeding habits in terms of both water repellency and resistance to water penetration are consistent with our hypothesis including the observation that no similar adaptations have been made by their nondiving congeners.
We adjust the slip stick so that "IMR 4350" appears in the "Powder Type" window and then read down the charge scale that corresponds to a particular dipper size.
And it was an impressive opening half in which the foundations were laid as the trio of Will Graham, Toby Dipper and Dion Angus netted the all important goals that the Coventry side were unable to pull back despite a valiant second half display.
When extra reach is not required, the dipper can be retracted to provided maximum armdigging force.
The slaves made dippers out of gourds and the water in the gourd dipper was cooler than the water in the glass dipper.
Since ancient times, the Big Dipper has been one of the most recognizable star patterns in the night sky.