Definitions

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  • n. A large European dung beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius, that makes a droning noise while flying.
  • n. General term for flying insect which makes a loud humming noise, such as the June bug or a bumblebee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large European scaraboid beetle (Geotrupes stercorarius), which makes a droning noise while flying. The name is also applied to allied American species, as the June bug. Called also dorr, dorbeetle, or dorrbeetle, dorbug, dorrfly, and buzzard clock.
  • n. A trick, joke, or deception.
  • transitive v. To make a fool of; to deceive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hoax; humbug; make a fool of; perplex.
  • n. Alamellicorn beetle of the family Scarabæidæ, a species of dung-beetle, Geotrypes stercorarius.
  • n. A drone (bee).
  • n. The cockchafer, Melolontha vulgaris.
  • n. Also dor-beetle.
  • n. One of several ground-beetles, species of the family Carabidæ and genus Harpalus. More fully called black dor.
  • n. A trick; a practical joke.
  • n. A practical joker.
  • n. A fool.
  • n. In the nomenclature of the spicular elements of sponges, a monaxial lance-shaped or curved rod, one end of which is sharply pointed while the other has a two- or three-edged blade.
  • n. An abbreviation of Doric.

Etymologies

From Middle English dorre, dore, from Old English dora ("humming insect"), from Proto-Germanic *durô (“bumblebee, humming insect”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher-, *dhrēn- (“bee, hornet, drone”). Related to Middle Low German dorne ("bumblebee"), Middle Dutch dorne ("bumblebee"), Dutch dar ("drone"), Old English drān ("drone"). More at drone. (Wiktionary)

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  • dorre

    March 17, 2014

  • Looking forward to that sonnet.

    April 27, 2011

  • Start with sponge. It's quite a read.

    April 26, 2011

  • I'd like a full lexicon of the spicular elements of sponges, so that I can incorporate as much of it as possible in a sonnet.

    April 26, 2011

  • Yes, but you can't beat Cent. Dict. #10: "In the nomenclature of the spicular elements of sponges, a monaxial lance-shaped or curved rod, one end of which is sharply pointed while the other has a two- or three-edged blade."

    April 26, 2011

  • And I wanted a one-syllable word for this in a poem two months ago. Drat.

    April 26, 2011

  • Missile. As in Scud.

    April 26, 2011

  • In Romanian, this is a noun that means "the action of missing something". There is no noun for this in the English language.

    April 25, 2011

  • Rod in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Roma: longing without object, passion without source, yearning without end.

    June 14, 2007