n.1.An old, decayed tree.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all." It is in the third book that the Authority, who turns out to be an enfeebled old dottard in a crystal cell, meets his demise at the hands of the two child-heroes, Will and Lyra.