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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I wrote back, Paz said, I told him, Dada dead as dodo eat your hat.
▪ The campaign was as dead as a dodo.
▪ It was last seen in the I600s, around the time the dodo had gone extinct.
▪ Military corners, flat pillows and snug spreads have gone the way of the dodo.
▪ The campaign was as dead as a dodo.
▪ We can die out as a species, like the dodo, without love.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dodo \Do"do\, n.; pl. Dodoes. [Said to be fr. Pg. doudo silly, foolish (cf. Booby); this is fr. Prov. E. dold, the same word as E. dolt.] (Zo["o]l.) A large, extinct bird ( Didus ineptus), formerly inhabiting the Island of Mauritius. It had short, half-fledged wings, like those of the ostrich, and a short neck and legs; -- called also dronte. It was related to the pigeons.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from Portuguese doudo "fool, simpleton," an insult applied by Portuguese sailors to the awkward bird (Didus ineptus) they found on Mauritius island. The last record of a living one is from 1681. Applied in English to stupid persons since 1886.


n. 1 A large, flightless bird, (taxlink Raphus cucullatus species noshow=1), related to the pigeon, that is now extinct (since the 1600s) and was native to Mauritius. 2 (context figuratively English) A person or organisation which is very old or has very old-fashioned views or is not willing to change and adapt.

  1. n. someone whose style is out of fashion [syn: fogy, fogey, fossil]

  2. extinct heavy flightless bird of Mauritius related to pigeons [syn: Raphus cucullatus]

  3. [also: dodoes (pl)]

Dodo (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

The Dodo is a fictional character appearing in Chapters 2 and 3 of the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). The Dodo is a caricature of the author. A popular but unsubstantiated belief is that Dodgson chose the particular animal to represent himself because of his stammer, and thus would accidentally introduce himself as "Do-do-dodgson."

Dodo (prince)

Dodo ( Manchu: ; 2 April 1614 – 29 April 1649), formally known as Prince Yu, was a Manchu prince and military general of the early Qing dynasty.

Dodo (disambiguation)

The dodo is an extinct flightless bird that lived on the islands of Mauritius.

Dodo may also refer to:

Dodô (footballer, born 1974)

Ricardo Lucas Figueredo Monte Raso, known as Dodô (born 2 May 1974 in São Paulo), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a striker, and the current coach of Rio Negro.

Dodô (footballer, born 1992)

José Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro, better known as Dodô, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a left back for Serie A club Sampdoria.

Dodo (automobile company)

The DODO (spelled all caps.) was a cyclecar built in 1912, in Detroit, Michigan.

Dodo (painter)

Dodo, born as Dörte Clara Wolff (10 February 1907 – 22 December 1998), was a German painter and illustrator of the New Objectivity.

Dodó (footballer, born 1987)

Sandro Ferreira André (1987) or Dodô is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Paykan.

Dodô (footballer, born 1994)

Raphael Guimarães de Paula (born 5 September 1994), commonly known as Dodô, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Figueirense, on loan from Atlético Mineiro as an attacking midfielder.


The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The dodo's closest genetic relative was the also extinct Rodrigues solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves. The closest living relative of the dodo is the Nicobar pigeon. A white dodo was once thought to have existed on the nearby island of Réunion, but this is now thought to have been confusion based on the Réunion ibis and paintings of white dodos.

Subfossil remains show the dodo was about tall and may have weighed . The dodo's appearance in life is evidenced only by drawings, paintings, and written accounts from the 17th century. Because these vary considerably, and because only some illustrations are known to have been drawn from live specimens, its exact appearance in life remains unresolved, and little is known about its behaviour. Though the dodo has historically been considered fat and clumsy, it is now thought to have been well-adapted for its ecosystem. It has been depicted with brownish-grey plumage, yellow feet, a tuft of tail feathers, a grey, naked head, and a black, yellow, and green beak. It used gizzard stones to help digest its food, which is thought to have included fruits, and its main habitat is believed to have been the woods in the drier coastal areas of Mauritius. One account states its clutch consisted of a single egg. It is presumed that the dodo became flightless because of the ready availability of abundant food sources and a relative absence of predators on Mauritius.

The first recorded mention of the dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598. In the following years, the bird was hunted by sailors and invasive species, while its habitat was being destroyed. The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo was in 1662. Its extinction was not immediately noticed, and some considered it to be a mythical creature. In the 19th century, research was conducted on a small quantity of remains of four specimens that had been brought to Europe in the early 17th century. Among these is a dried head, the only soft tissue of the dodo that remains today. Since then, a large amount of subfossil material has been collected on Mauritius, mostly from the Mare aux Songes swamp. The extinction of the dodo within less than a century of its discovery called attention to the previously unrecognised problem of human involvement in the disappearance of entire species. The dodo achieved widespread recognition from its role in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and it has since become a fixture in popular culture, often as a symbol of extinction and obsolescence.

Dodo (nickname)

Dodo or DoDo is a nickname for:

  • Dodo Abashidze (1924-1990), Soviet Georgian film actor and director
  • Sandro Ferreira André (born 1987), Brazilian footballer
  • Frank Bird (1869–1958), American Major League Baseball catcher briefly in 1892
  • Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), English writer
  • Carol Cheng (born 1957), Hong Kong actress nicknamed DoDo
  • Douglas Maradona Campos Dangui (born 1990), Brazilian footballer
  • Nora Denney (1927–2005), American actress
  • Doris 'Dodo' Große (1884–?), German artists' model
  • Raphael Guimarães de Paula (born 1994), Brazilian footballer
  • Luiz Paulo Hilario (born 1987), Brazilian footballer
  • Dodo Marmarosa (1925–2002), American jazz pianist
  • Ricardo Lucas Figueredo Monte Raso (born 1974), Brazilian retired footballer
  • José Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro (born 1992), Brazilian footballer
  • Dodo Watts (1910–1990), British film actress
  • Dörte Clara Wolff (1907–1998), German painter
Dodo (name)

Dodo is a given name and a surname. It may refer to:

Given name:

  • Dodo Bin Khafef Soomro III, ruler of Sindh
  • Dodo zu Innhausen und Knyphausen (1583–1636), Field Marshal of Sweden
  • Dodo von Knyphausen (1641–1698), official of Brandenburg-Prussia
  • Dodo (prince) (1614–1649), Manchu prince and general
  • Dodo Kuranosuke (died 1560), Japanese samurai
  • Dodo Chichinadze (1924–2009), Georgian film and theater actress
  • Dodo Maheri, Pakistani politician


  • Asako Dodo (born 1967), Japanese voice actress
  • Mor Dodo (died 609), Syriac Orthodox bishop
  • Shunji Dodo (born 1947), Japanese photographer

Usage examples of "dodo".

Neanderthal Man, the dodo, the great auk, and all the others to move over to make room for you.

Park of Extinct Animals was breached and many of the inner enclosures were opened, releasing into the wilderness nearly the entire extraordinary collection of carefully cloned beasts of yesteryear: moas, quaggas, giant ground sloths, dodos, passenger pigeons, aurochs, oryxes, saber-toothed cats, great auks, cahows and many another lost species that had been called back from oblivion by the most painstaking manipulation of fossil genetic material.

So it should be quite easy to take an unfertilized turkey egg, inject a dodo blastula, and, with luck, hatch a perfectly viable dodo chick.

My pet dodo Pickwick followed with her unruly son Alan padding grumpily after her.

I moved all my stuff to his house, rearranged his furniture, added my books to his and introduced my dodo, Pickwick, to his new home.

To make the philtre visually engaging, Tre had deformed the two basic polyhedra into a pair of shapes which resembled a skinny chicken and a fat dodo bird.

Brought back to life by Goliath Bioengineering in the late thirties and early forties, they were as much a part of modern life as dodos or mammoths.

Right now, they are comparing the dodo gene sequence to samples on loan from the Mauritian museum, to see if the dodo is really a pigeon or not.

So maybe after this, next to the dodo rampant on the Mauritian crest of arms, we should consider adding a turkey.

We turned first to the nearest relatives of the dodo for our supplemental DNA -- from the solitaire specimens that are still extant, and from the Nicobar pigeon.

A banner suspended from the vaulted lobby roof proclaimed: WELCOME DELEGATES CONGRESS OF AMERICAN DENTISTRY Dodo joined him, two laden bellboys following like acolytes behind a goddess.

Indeed, dodos were so spectacularly short on insight, it is reported, that if you wished to find all the dodos in a vicinity you had only to catch one and set it to squawking, and all the others would waddle along to see what was up.

Dodo had settled comfortably into their communicating suites, with Dodo unpacking for both of them as she always enjoyed doing.

The multi-appendaged, radar-eyed oil-drumon-a-unicycle that served as hischef and butler brought him breakfast: two dodo eggs with a side of mammothhash.

Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, [25]: Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, [26]: Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, [27]: Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, [28]: Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, [29]: Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, [30]: Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, [31]: Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, [32]: Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, [33]: Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, [34]: Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, [35]: Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, [36]: Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, [37]: Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, [38]: Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, [39]: Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.