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Webster 1913 Edition


Dodder

Dod′der

,
Noun.
[Cf. Dan.
dodder
, Sw.
dodra
, G.
dotter
.]
(Bot.)
A plant of the genus
Cuscuta
. It is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc., and decaying at the root, is nourished by the plant that supports it.

Dod′der

,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
[Cf. AS.
dyderian
to deceive, delude, and E.
didder
,
dudder
.]
To shake, tremble, or totter.
“The doddering mast.”
Thomson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dodder

DODDER

,
Noun.
[G.] A plant of the genus Cuscuta, one species of which is called hell-weed. It is almost destitute of leaves, parasitical, creeping and fixing itself to some other plant, as to hops, flax and particularly to the nettle. It decays at the root, and is nourished by the plant that supports it, by means of little vesicles or papillae, which attach themselves to the stalk.

Definition 2021


Dodder

Dodder

See also: dodder

English

Proper noun

Dodder

  1. A river in Ireland, a tributary of the Liffey.

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dodder

dodder

See also: Dodder

English

Verb

dodder (third-person singular simple present dodders, present participle doddering, simple past and past participle doddered)

  1. (intransitive) To shake or tremble as one moves, especially as of old age or childhood; to totter.
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus, Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company, pp. 59-60.
      Their neighbours have been, on one side, an old man who dodders around in his dressing gown talking to himself, and on the other a stand-offish couple who pretend not to understand the Spanish he speaks.
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Etymology 2

Noun

dodder (plural dodders)

  1. Any of about 100-170 species of yellow, orange or red (rarely green) parasitic plants of the genus Cuscuta. Formerly treated as the only genus in the family Cuscutaceae, recent genetic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group has shown that it is correctly placed in the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae.
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