Dodder Dod"der, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

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  • Dodder — La Dodder à Rathgar Caractéristiques Longueur 26 km [1] …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dodder — dodder1 [däd′ər] vi. [ME daderen, akin to OE dyderian, to confuse, delude, MDu doten, DOTE < IE * dheudh , to whirl in confusion, shake (> Gr thysanos, fringe) < base * dheu ; see DULL] 1. to shake or tremble, as from old age 2. to be… …   English World dictionary

  • Dodder — Dod der, v. t. & i. [Cf. AS. dyderian to deceive, delude, and E. didder, dudder.] To shake, tremble, or totter. The doddering mast. Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dodder — (v.) 1610s, perhaps from M.E. daderen to quake, tremble (late 15c.), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter. Related: Doddered; doddering …   Etymology dictionary

  • dodder — [v] shake quiver, shiver, shudder, stagger, sway, teeter, totter, tremble, wobble; concepts 150,152 …   New thesaurus

  • dodder — ► VERB ▪ be slow and unsteady. DERIVATIVES dodderer noun doddering adjective doddery adjective. ORIGIN variant of obsolete dialect dadder; related to DITHER(Cf. ↑dithery) …   English terms dictionary

  • dodder — dodder1 dodderer, n. /dod euhr/, v.i. to shake; tremble; totter. [1610 20; cf. DITHER, TOTTER, TEETER, etc.] dodder2 /dod euhr/, n. a leafless parasitic plant, Cuscuta gronovii, having dense clusters of small, white, bell shaped flowers on orange …   Universalium

  • dodder — UK [ˈdɒdə(r)] / US [ˈdɑdər] verb [intransitive] Word forms dodder : present tense I/you/we/they dodder he/she/it dodders present participle doddering past tense doddered past participle doddered to shake slightly when you are walking or moving,… …   English dictionary

  • dodder — I. noun Etymology: Middle English doder; akin to Middle High German toter dodder, egg yolk Date: 13th century any of a genus (Cuscuta) of wiry twining vines of the morning glory family that are highly deficient in chlorophyll, are parasitic on… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dodder — dodder1 verb be slow and unsteady. Derivatives dodderer noun doddering adjective doddery adjective Origin C17: var. of obs. dialect dadder; related to dither. dodder2 noun a parasitic climbing plant of the convolvulus f …   English new terms dictionary

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