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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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dor in the Bible

dwelling, the Dora of the Romans, an ancient royal city of the Canaanites (Josh. 11:1, 2; 12:23). It was the most southern settlement of the Phoenicians on the coast of Syria. The original inhabitants seem never to have been expelled, although they were made tributary by David. It was one of Solomon's commissariat districts (Judg. 1:27; 1 Kings 4:11). It has been identified with Tantura (so named from the supposed resemblance of its tower to a tantur, i.e., "a horn"). This tower fell in 1895, and nothing remains but debris and foundation walls, the remains of an old Crusading fortress. It is about 8 miles north of Caesarea, "a sad and sickly hamlet of wretched huts on a naked sea-beach."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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