Dodoes
Dodo Do"do, n.; pl. {Dodoes}. [Said to be fr. Pg. doudo silly, foolish (cf. {Booby}); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt.] (Zo["o]l.) A large, extinct bird ({Didus ineptus}), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had short, half-fledged wings, like those of the ostrich, and a short neck and legs; -- called also {dronte}. It was related to the pigeons. [1913 Webster]

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  • dodoes — do·do || dəʊdəʊ n. any of several species of flightless birds that inhabited the islands off the southeastern coast of Africa (now extinct); stupid and graceless person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • columbiform — ▪ bird Introduction   any member of the group of birds (bird) that contains the pigeons (pigeon), doves (dove), dodoes (dodo), and solitaires (solitaire). The order Columbiformes is divided into the Raphidae, a family of extinct birds that… …   Universalium

  • Didus ineptus — Dodo Do do, n.; pl. {Dodoes}. [Said to be fr. Pg. doudo silly, foolish (cf. {Booby}); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, extinct bird ({Didus ineptus}), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dodo — Do do, n.; pl. {Dodoes}. [Said to be fr. Pg. doudo silly, foolish (cf. {Booby}); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, extinct bird ({Didus ineptus}), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had short,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dronte — Dodo Do do, n.; pl. {Dodoes}. [Said to be fr. Pg. doudo silly, foolish (cf. {Booby}); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, extinct bird ({Didus ineptus}), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dodo — noun (plural dodoes or dodos) Etymology: Portuguese doudo, from doudo silly, stupid Date: 1628 1. a. an extinct heavy flightless bird (Raphus cucullatus syn. Didus ineptus of the family Raphidae) of the island of Mauritius that was lar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dodo — dodoism, n. /doh doh/, n., pl. dodos, dodoes. 1. any of several clumsy, flightless, extinct birds of the genera Raphus and Pezophaps, related to pigeons but about the size of a turkey, formerly inhabiting the islands of Mauritius, Réunion, and… …   Universalium

  • ethics — /eth iks/, n.pl. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture. 2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics;… …   Universalium

  • dodo — [[t]do͟ʊdoʊ[/t]] dodos, dodoes (plural) 1) N COUNT A dodo was a very large bird that was unable to fly. Dodos are now extinct. 2) N COUNT (disapproval) If you refer to someone as a dodo, you think they are foolish or silly. [INFORMAL] Any dodo… …   English dictionary

  • dodo — [ dəʊdəʊ] noun (plural dodos or dodoes) a large extinct flightless bird found on Mauritius until the end of the 17th century. [Raphus cucullatus.] Phrases as dead as a dodo informal utterly dead or finished. Origin C17: from Port. doudo simpleton …   English new terms dictionary

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