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dodder

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[ dod-er ]
/ ˈdɒd ər /
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verb (used without object)

to shake; tremble; totter.

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Origin of dodder

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First recorded in 1610–20; origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of dadder “to shake, tremble,” of expressive origin; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.
dod·der·er, noun

Definition for dodder (2 of 2)

dodder2
[ 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.
Also called love vine.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for dodder (1 of 2)

dodder1
/ (ˈdɒdə) /

verb (intr)

to move unsteadily; totter
to shake or tremble, as from age
dodderer, noundoddery, adjective
C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble

British Dictionary definitions for dodder (2 of 2)

dodder2
/ (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
C13: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dodder, Middle High German toter
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