from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shake or tremble, as from old age; totter.
- intransitive v. To progress in a feeble, unsteady manner.
- n. Any of various leafless, annual parasitic herbs of the genus Cuscuta that lack chlorophyll and have slender, twining, yellow or reddish stems and small whitish flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To shake or tremble as one moves, especially as of old age or childhood; to totter.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- v. To shake, tremble, or totter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of plants of the genus Cuscuta, a group of very slender, branched, twining, leafless, yellowish or reddish annual parasites, belonging to the natural order Convolvulaceæ.
- To shake; tremble.
- n. The various dodders are named, for the most part, from their principal host or from some leading character, and the specific names are usually translations of vernacular ones or vice versa. See the following phrases.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. walk unsteadily
- n. a leafless annual parasitic vine of the genus Cuscuta having whitish or yellow filamentous stems; obtain nourishment through haustoria
The physician and herbalist John Gerard observed in 1597 that a pernicious crop-killer called dodder, or strangleweed, "changeth and altereth" according to its companion plants.
In Lubeck, a marc, called dodder cake, is made from the _Camelina sativa_.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
Oaks covered with dodder, that is, with parasitic plants, and therefore dead or dying.
The word "dodder" signifies the plural of "dodd," a bunch of threads.
Reserachers also studied a certain parasitic weed called dodder (genus
We would dodder around for hours, drink stale $9 beer, lose $50 worth of balls, and then sit in tunnel traffic for another sixty minutes.
Watching old people dodder around and go insane for long periods of time….there's nothing worse.
I was part of a group of 12 or so geezers who get together the third week in November every year and dodder around with rifles.
Houseboy lets himself in the gate, through the door, watches you dodder about, moves beyond the edges of your memory.
Known in the West as false flax, wild flax, linseed dodder, German sesame and Siberian oilseed, camelina is attracting increased scientific interest for its oleaginous qualities, with several European and American companies already investigating how to produce it in commercial quantities for biofuel.