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dory1

[dawr-ee, dohr-ee]
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noun, plural do·ries.
  1. a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides.
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Origin of dory1

1700–10, Americanism; alleged to be < Miskito dóri, dúri (if this word is itself not < E)

dory2

[dawr-ee, dohr-ee]
noun, plural do·ries.
  1. John Dory.
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Origin of dory2

1400–50; late Middle English dorre, dorray < Middle French doree (feminine past participle of dorer to gild) < Late Latin deaurāta; see dorado
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Examples from the Web for dory

Historical Examples

  • In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • You take that craft of yourn home, and I'll sail up alongside in my dory.'

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Now I'll take the dory and row back to the shanty after some spare anchors there is there.'

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • You remember the dory sail, mast and all, was alongside that cart.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The dory itself, with the oars in her, was moored in the cove.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for dory

dory1

noun plural -ries
  1. any spiny-finned marine teleost food fish of the family Zeidae, esp the John Dory, having a deep compressed body
  2. another name for walleye (def. 5), walleye (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C14: from French dorée gilded, from dorer to gild, from Late Latin deaurāre, ultimately from Latin aurum gold

dory2

noun plural -ries
  1. US and Canadian a flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow, stern, and sides
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Word Origin

C18: from Mosquito (an American Indian language of Honduras and Nicaragua) dóri dugout
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Word Origin and History for dory

n.1

"small, flat-bottomed boat," 1709, American English, perhaps from a West Indian or Central American Indian language.

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n.2

type of edible fish, mid-15c., from Old French doree, originally the fem. past participle of dorer "to gild," from Latin deauratus, from de- + aurare "to gild," from aurum (see aureate). So called in reference to its colorings.

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