• Dodder
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dodder walk unsteadily "small children toddle"
    • n dodder a leafless annual parasitic vine of the genus Cuscuta having whitish or yellow filamentous stems; obtain nourishment through haustoria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dodder (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.
    • v. t. & i Dodder To shake, tremble, or totter. "The doddering mast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dodder The common name of plants of the genus Cuscuta, a group of very slender, branched, twining, leafless, yellowish or reddish annual parasites, belonging to the natural order Convolvulaceæ. They are found on many kinds of herbs and low shrubs. The seed germinates on the ground, but the young plant soon attaches itself to its host, from which it derives all its nourishment. Some species have proved very injurious to cultivated crops, especially to flax and clover. See Cuscuta.
    • dodder To shake; tremble.
    • n dodder The various dodders are named, for the most part, from their principal host or from some leading character, and the specific names are usually translations of vernacular ones or vice versa. See the following phrases.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dodder dod′ėr a leafless, twining, pale-coloured parasitic plant
    • v.t., v.i Dodder dod′ėr to shake, tremble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. dyderian, to deceive, delude, and E. didder, dudder,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Toddle.


In literature:

Still the inspector doddered on.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
I'm going to get some one's ear at Washington, some day, if it's not till I'm a doddering old man.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Some old dotard or dodderer, they were told, said so.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
The impurity most to be feared is dodder.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
When they did not go to the Park they sought the most reserved streets or walked out to the confines of the town and up by the River Dodder.
"Mary, Mary" by James Stephens
For the first minute it made me feel like an old man, a real dodderer, but by now the attraction this girl had for me was getting irrational.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
There also, as at Terracina, ancient and doddering men acted as chambermaids.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
I hear from the Brigade that some doddering idiot has cut our wire.
"Mud and Khaki" by Vernon Bartlett
And all we did was to go ahead and dodder along and beat Claflin seven to nothing!
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
It is always a premature curtain which is yanked by that doddering old stage-hand, Johnny Death.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

So, like any idiot ass
Hungry for the fragrant fodder,
Placed between two bales of grass,
Lo, I doubt, delay, and dodder!
"Heine's "Widow Or Daughter?"" by Eugene Field
I wasna the man I had been, -
Juist a gangrel dozin' in fits; -
The pin had faun oot o' the warld,
And I doddered amang the bits.
""On Leave"" by John Buchan
Neglected walks a-tangle
With dodder-strangled grass;
And every mildewed angle
Heaped with dead leaves that spangle
The paths that round it pass.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
They say one king is mad. Perhaps. Who knows?
They say one king is doddering and grey.
They say one king is slack and sick of mind,
A puppet for hid strings that twitch and play.
"Who Knows?" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Live With Regis and Kelly' continues to celebrate Regis Philbin's trademark doddering old man moments in honor of his impending departure on Nov 18.
Stripper pole fraud, doddering granny selling painkillers.
Kemper Arena is sitting in the West Bottoms like a doddering uncle who you just don't have the heart to tell that his buttons aren't buttoned right on his shirt.
She certainly overdoes the dottiness and the doddering qualities.
Dodder, a parasite , not alien.
The buyer was a doddering drachma billionaire named Didius Julianus.
Dodder is a plant from a horror movie -- a parasite that uses fangs to suck the life out of its plant hosts.