dabchick


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dabchick:

see grebegrebe
, common name for swimming birds found on or near quiet waters in most parts of the world. Grebes resemble the loon and the duck; they have short wings, vestigial tails, and long, individually webbed toes on feet that are set far back on a short, stubby body.
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He said hunting of dabchick or goose was in full swing and would conclude on March 15, the day after which the bird start passing through egg laying season.
In Part 2, we observe that Sophie's spiritual powers are evident in her throwing the stone that kills the dabchick. It is an act of will operating spiritually or magically, an act of wanton and gratuitous destructiveness for which she feels no sense of guilt.
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Grebes and dabchicks, shy fish eaters, seemed bewildered at the commotion and gave the squabbling throng a wide berth.