1 [dod-er]
verb (used without object)
to shake; tremble; totter.

1610–20; cf. dither, totter, teeter, etc.

dodderer, noun Unabridged


2 [dod-er]
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.

1225–75; Middle English doder; cognate with Dutch, Danish dodder, Middle Low German dod(d)er, Middle High German toter, German Dotter Unabridged
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dodder1 (ˈdɒdə)
1.  to move unsteadily; totter
2.  to shake or tremble, as from age
[C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble]

dodder2 (ˈdɒdə)
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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Word Origin & History

1610s, from M.E. daderen "to quake, tremble" (late 15c.), apparently frequentative of dialectal dade, on a form similar to totter, patter. Related: Doddering.
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Example sentences
The parasitic dodder plant knows how to sniff out its prey.
Dodder has rootlike parts called haustoria that attach to the host plant, so it can feed on its nutrients.
Growers also encounter unusual problems such as the parasitic seed plant dodder.
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