dodder

1
[ dod-er ]
/ ˈdɒd ər /

verb (used without object)

to shake; tremble; totter.

Origin of dodder

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1610–20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.

Related forms

dod·der·er, noun

Definition for dodder (2 of 2)

dodder

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[ dod-er ]
/ ˈdɒd ər /

noun

a leafless parasitic plant, Cuscuta gronovii, having dense clusters of small, white, bell-shaped flowers on orange-yellow stems that twine about clover or flax.

Origin of dodder

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1225–75; Middle English doder; cognate with Dutch, Danish dodder, Middle Low German dod(d)er, Middle High German toter, German Dotter
Also called love vine.
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British Dictionary definitions for dodder (1 of 2)

dodder

1
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

verb (intr)

to move unsteadily; totter
to shake or tremble, as from age

Derived Forms

dodderer, noundoddery, adjective

Word Origin for dodder

C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble

British Dictionary definitions for dodder (2 of 2)

dodder

2
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

noun

any rootless parasitic plant of the convolvulaceous genus Cuscuta, lacking chlorophyll and having slender twining stems with suckers for drawing nourishment from the host plant, scalelike leaves, and whitish flowers

Word Origin for dodder

C13: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dodder, Middle High German toter
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