dodo

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dodo extinct heavy flightless bird of Mauritius related to pigeons
    • n dodo someone whose style is out of fashion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1681, the last dodo bird died
    • n Dodo (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dodo A recently extinct bird of Mauritius, Didus ineptus, the type of the family Dididæ and suborder Didi, now usually assigned to the order Columbæ. The dodo was living in Mauritius on the discovery of that island by the Portuguese under Mascarenhas in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and it is known to have survived until July, 1681. Knowledge of the bird was for some time confined to the quaint and often questionable narratives of voyagers, certain pictures, mostly by Dutch artists, and a few fragmentary remains. In 1866 bones in abundance were found, and the osseous structure has been described in detail. The dodo was a massive, clumsy, flightless, and defenseless bird, about as large as a swan, covered with downy feathers, with a very stout hooked bill, short strong legs, short tail, and wings too small for flight; so that it soon succumbed under the new conditions which the occupation of the island introduced, its extinction being probably due as much to the animals which man introduced as to the human invaders of the island. The solitaire (Pezophaps solitarius) of Rodriguez, an island of the same group, was similar to the dodo, but sufficiently distinct to be placed in a different genus. (See solitaire.) The neighboring island of Reunion or Bourbon also had a dodo, in all probability a third kind.
    • n dodo [This is the earliest known English mention of the bird.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dodo dō′dō a large clumsy bird, about the size of a turkey, and without the power of flight—it was once found in Mauritius and Madagascar, but became extinct about the end of the 17th century.
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Idioms

Dead as a dodo - If something's dead as a dodo, it is lifeless and dull. The dodo was a bird that lived the island of Mauritius. It couldn't fly and was hunted to extinction.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Said to be fr. Pg. doudo, silly, foolish (cf. Booby); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port. doudo, silly.

Usage

In literature:

What do you know about the Dodo?
"Dick, Marjorie and Fidge" by G. E. Farrow
The only native quadruped is a large wolf-like fox, which will soon be as extinct as the dodo.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
They found the blue paper weight in one of the drawers of the desk and Dodo thrust it into his pocket.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
Polly and Dodo stared in surprise at their chaperone, but Eleanor and Nancy comprehended at once, why this reply was made.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
It was from them, he says, that the forest took the name of Dodona; 'dodo,' in the ancient language, signifying 'a cauldron.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
DODO: A Detail of the Day.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
It was not a dodo, though, to John Tradescant.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
He's a Dutchman or a Rooshian or some sort of Dodo.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
The extinct dodo'd have nothing on him, believe me!
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
The dodo is said to have inhabited forests and to have laid one large white egg on a mass of grass.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
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In poetry:

Archbishop Odo
Was just in the middle of ‘Dodo’,
When he was reminded that it was Sunday.
Sic transit gloria mundi
"Clerihew – Odo" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
"Pretty Dodo, speak thy lesson,"
Coaxed Pedrillo—"thief and traitor"—
"Thief and traitor"—croaked the parrot,
"Is the yellow-skirted Rabbi."
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Dodos and Butterflies Acting Up.
Their namesake may be extinct, but indie act The Dodos have a long-term plan for sticking around.
While there is nary a mention of the noble Dodo in Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius — an omission that both saddens and baffles me — the island's place in philatelic history forms the core of this oddly inert drama.
Men's ability to flirt has done a dodo.
Golly-Pete does this daffy dodo love those old, black-and-white Three Stooges shorts, 'specially the ones with the classic lineup of Larry Fine, Moe Howard, and Moe's bro Curly Howard.
Not to go the way of the dodo, "Didi" and the gang are about to turn the Philadelphia Zoo on its tail Saturday.
Dodo, for example, is a fried plantain.
"I've been awash in dodo mythology since I was 17 or 18," Winchester said of the extinct flightless bird.
Those who thought sport utility vehicles were going the way of the dodo were wrong SUVs haven't died off amid higher gasoline prices.
The San Francisco indie-rock band The Dodos released its fourth album, No Color, March 15.
No, digitizing files hasn't completely gone the way of the dodo.
The Dodos (with Maus Haus and Pomegranates) at the Firebird , Sunday, October 7.
The Dodos at the Firebird Ben Mudd.
The Way of the Dodo Read the Odyssey log: Real Audio- >28k.
The Dodo Bird's True Nature.
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In science:

Dodos, Codings of separable compact subsets of the first Baire class, Annals of Pure and Appl.
A classification of separable Rosenthal compacta and its applications
Dodos introduced new ways how to apply descriptive set theoretic methods to universality questions in Banach space theory. (For a survey on the sub ject, see , for an introduction, see .) The techniques from descriptive set theory provide an appropriate approach to universality questions indeed.
Genericity of Fr\'echet smooth spaces
As far as we know, it is not known whether Dodos’ result holds in the isometric setting.
Genericity of Fr\'echet smooth spaces
We would like to recall that it is an interesting problem to find an isometric version of the Argyros-Dodos amalgamation theory which would provide small isometrically universal spaces for small families of Banach spaces (and which would possibly include the result of Szankowski ).
Genericity of Fr\'echet smooth spaces
Dodos, Genericity and amalgamation of classes of Banach spaces, Adv.
Genericity of Fr\'echet smooth spaces
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