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Dolly Varden

[ dol-ee -vahr-dn ]
/ ˈdɒl i ˈvɑr dn /
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noun
a woman's costume of the late 19th century, including a flower-trimmed, broad-brimmed hat and a dress consisting of a tight bodice and bouffant panniers in a flower print over a calf-length quilted petticoat.
the hat of this costume.
the dress of this costume.
Ichthyology.Also called bull trout, Dolly Varden trout . a char, Salvelinus malma, inhabiting fresh and marine waters of western North America and eastern Asia.
Newfoundland. a large earthenware drinking cup used on fishing vessels.
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Origin of Dolly Varden

First recorded in 1870–75; costume named after a colorfully dressed character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge (1841); applied to fish in allusion to its coloring
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British Dictionary definitions for Dolly Varden

Dolly Varden
/ (ˈdɒlɪ ˈvɑːdən) /

noun
a woman's large-brimmed hat trimmed with flowers
a red-spotted trout, Salvelinus malma, occurring in lakes in W North America

Word Origin for Dolly Varden

C19: from the name of a character in Dickens' Barnaby Rudge (1841)
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