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or dorr

[dawr] /dɔr/
Also, dorbeetle
[dawr-beet-l] /ˈdɔrˌbit l/ (Show IPA)
. a common European dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius.
any of several insects, as the June bug, that make a buzzing noise in flight.
Origin of dor1
before 900; Middle English dor(r)e, Old English dora; compare Middle Low German dorte drone


[dawr] /dɔr/
noun, Archaic.
mockery; scorn.
1545-55; < Old Norse dār mockery; compare German Tor fool


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  • She came and planted herself before dor, who had watched her, laughing.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • Another thing for which dor is praised is his wonderful memory.

  • dor accepted the suggestion with a burst of laughter, and springing lightly down, seated herself on the trunk.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • So it is that dor never learned, in the true sense, to draw.

  • dor was picking her way slowly down the stone steps, the machine cradled under her arm.

  • “The gentleman said he was to have it,” answered dor, alluding to the doctor.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Blainey perceived dor, and giving her the preference with a curt bob of his head, reentered his den.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • Tammy met me a sniff from the dor and I snuck up and saw Calhan.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for dor


any European dung beetle of the genus Geotrupes and related genera, esp G. stercorarius, having a droning flight
Word Origin
Old English dora bumblebee; related to Middle Low German dortedrone1
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