Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small boat; especially, a small flat-bottomed boat used in sea-fisheries, in which to go out from a larger vessel to catch fish.
  • noun A popular name of the acanthopterygious fish Zeus faber, the type of the family Zeidæ.
  • noun A local name in some parts of the United States and Canada, especially along Lake Michigan, of Stizostedion vitreum, the wall-eyed pikeperch.
  • noun An Australian fish, Zeus australis, of the family Zeidæ, the Australasian representative of Zeus faber, the European ‘John-dory.’
  • noun A broad-bodied, rough-scaled, bass-like fish, Histiopterus recurvirostris.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small, strong, flat-bottomed rowboat, with sharp prow and flaring sides.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A European fish. See doree, and john doree.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The American wall-eyed perch; -- called also doré. See Pike perch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several different families of large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, laterally compressed, and roughly discoid marine fish.
  • noun nautical A small flat bottomed boat used for fishing both offshore and on rivers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
  • noun pike-like freshwater perches
  • noun marine fishes widely distributed in mid-waters and deep slope waters

Etymologies

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From Old French doree, past participle of dorer ("to gild"), from Latin deauratus.

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Attested in American English of 1709 CE; assumed to be related to Central of Western Indian language, perhaps Miskito.

Examples

  • The first appearance of the word dory for fish is listed as 1440.

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  • SANCHEZ: We should probably mention too, that a dory -- a dory is a-- is a type ...

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  • We sometimes see the dory, which is called St Pierre; with rock-fish, bonita, and mackarel.

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  • The dory is a two-man rowboat which possesses as many of the different, and sometimes contradictory, good points of the canoe, skiff, punt, and lifeboat as it is possible to {160} combine in a single craft.

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  • In a very few minutes the dory was a mere gray wraith on the water, but there it hung.

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  • DTI-Region 12 has been promoting Pangasius hypopthalmus, also called dory or sutchi fish, starting in the third quarter of 2008.

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  • DTI-Region 12 has been promoting Pangasius hypopthalmus, also called dory or sutchi fish, starting in the third quarter of 2008.

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  • But I don't think the choice is one of simply saying nothing, or saying it's all hunky-dory, which is what John Prescott is about.

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  • Cook captains a small, 17-foot wooden boat called a dory that he designed and had made in Salt Lake City.

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  • A fancy 'dory' for two pairs of sculls, in which I sometimes go out with my young folks.

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  • a small fishing boat; also walleye

    August 1, 2007

  • Thanks, slumry! Always liked this word. :-)

    August 1, 2007

  • Greek Spear.

    July 11, 2008

  • "Being competitive with each other, dorymen sometimes secretively took off to grounds they had discovered. Many dorymen drowned or starved to death or died of thirst while lost in the fog, sifting through a blank sea for the mother ship. They tried to fish until their boat was filled with fish. The more fish were caught, the les seaworthy the dory. Sometimes a dory would become so overloaded that a small amount of water from a wave lapping the side was all it took for the small boat to sink straight down with fish and fishermen."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 114

    July 16, 2009