Definition of Dodder

1. Noun. A leafless annual parasitic vine of the genus Cuscuta having whitish or yellow filamentous stems; obtain nourishment through haustoria.

Group relationships: Cuscuta, Genus Cuscuta
Specialized synonyms: Cuscuta Gronovii, Love Vine
Generic synonyms: Vine

2. Verb. Walk unsteadily. "The children dodder to the playground"; "Small children toddle"
Exact synonyms: Coggle, Paddle, Toddle, Totter, Waddle
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Dodderer, Toddler, Totterer, Waddle, Waddler

Definition of Dodder

1. n. A plant of the genus Cuscuta. It is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc., and decaying at the root, is nourished by the plant that supports it.

2. v. t. & i. To shake, tremble, or totter.

Definition of Dodder

1. Proper noun. (rivers lang=en) a river in Ireland, a tributary of the Liffey ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To shake or tremble as one moves, especially as of old age or childhood; to totter. ¹

3. Noun. Any of about 100-170 species of yellow, orange or red (rarely green) parasitic plants of the genus ''Cuscuta''. Formerly treated as the only genus in the family Cuscutaceae, recent genetic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group has shown that it is correctly placed in the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dodder

1. to totter [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: totter

Medical Definition of Dodder

1. A plant of the genus Cuscuta. It is a leafless parasitical vine with yellowish threadlike stems. It attaches itself to some other plant, as to flax, goldenrod, etc, and decaying at the root. Is nourished by the plant that supports it. To shake, tremble, or totter. "The doddering mast." Origin: Cf. Dan. Dodder, Sw. Dodra, G. Dotter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Dodder

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1. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"THE dodder Teacher's Story If Sinbad's "Old Man of the Sea" had been also a sneak thief, then we might well liken him to dodder. There is an opportunity for ..."

2. The Encyclopedia of Practical Horticulture: A Reference System of Commercial by Granville Lowther, William Worthington (1914)
"The dodder dies with it, but continues to grow along the edges of the spot, ... The dodder in the meantime has blossomed profusely and ripened its seed. ..."

3. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"dodder often produces great intricate tangles of threads, ... dodder in flower; the parasite is seen to he clutching lightly the stem of its host plant. ..."

4. Foundations of Biology by Lorande Loss Woodruff (1922)
"dodder, a parasitic Flowering Plant, entwined about the stem of its host, ... A, cross section of stem of host to show its penetration by the dodder roots ..."

5. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"CLOVER dodder. Cuscuta Trifolii, Bab. CLOVER dodder is such a familiar, and, as some observers say, increasing pest in our fields, that any detailed ..."

6. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"CLOVER dodder. Cuscuta Trifolii, Bab. CLOVER dodder is such a familiar, and, as some observers say, increasing pest in our fields, that any detailed ..."

7. Successful Farming; a Ready Reference on All Phases of Agriculture for by Frank Duane Gardner (1916)
"ALFALFA dodder.* Blossom of Alfalfa dodder. prevent the development and distribution of seed from late-grown plants. Sheep may be turned in to graze down ..."

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