dodder(redirected from Cuscuta epithymum)
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intr.v. dod·dered, dod·der·ing, dod·ders
1. To shake or tremble, as from old age; totter.
2. To move in a feeble, unsteady manner.
[Alteration of Middle English daderen, probably of imitative origin.]
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.
[Middle English doder, possibly from Middle Dutch, yolk of an egg (from the yellow color of the blossom of one species of this plant).]
1. to move unsteadily; totter
2. to shake or tremble, as from age
[C17: variant of earlier dadder; related to Norwegian dudra to tremble]
(Plants) 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]
to shake; tremble; totter.
a leafless parasitic plant, Cuscutagronovii, of the morning glory family, having clusters of tiny white flowers on orange-yellow, twining stems.
[1225–75; Middle English doder]
Past participle: doddered
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|Noun||1.||dodder - a leafless annual parasitic vine of the genus Cuscuta having whitish or yellow filamentous stems; obtain nourishment through haustoria|
Cuscuta gronovii, love vine - leafless parasitic vine with dense clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers on orange-yellow stems that twine around clover or flax
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
|Verb||1.||dodder - walk unsteadily; "small children toddle"|
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"