There are 2 definitions of dodder in English:

dodder1

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒdə
 
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verb

[no object] (often as adjective doddering)

Derivatives

dodderer

noun
More example sentences
  • Often dismissed as wrinklies and fogeys, dodderers and ditherers, it turns out that the company's target audience are, in fact, among the biggest consumers in the country.
  • A government member labelled the retired military chiefs & diplomats as old dodderers.
  • I have yet to discover that having been born when Cal Coolidge was gearing up to run for re-election confers any eminence upon this dodderer.

Origin

early 17th century: variant of obsolete dialect dadder; related to dither.

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There are 2 definitions of dodder in English:

dodder2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒdə
 
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noun

  • A widely distributed parasitic climbing plant of the convolvulus family, with leafless thread-like stems that are attached to the host plant by means of suckers.
    • Genus Cuscuta, family Convolvulaceae
    More example sentences
    • Eventually a mat of stems forms around the host plant and the dodder loses contact with the soil.
    • By tying suitable stem explants of dodder to touch the host, Kelly observed that 60% of individuals rejected suitable hosts within several hours.
    • Because C. arvensis is more closely related to the dodders than is tobacco, C. arvensis was also used as a control.

Origin

Middle English: related to Middle Low German doder, dodder, Middle High German toter.

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Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea