from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, clumsy, flightless bird (Raphus cucullatus), formerly of the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, that has been extinct since the late 17th century.
  • n. Informal One who is out-of-date, as in dress or ideas.
  • n. Informal A stupid person; an idiot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A recently extinct bird of Mauritius, Didus ineptus, the type of the family Dididæ and suborder Didi, now usually assigned to the order Columbæ.
  • n. [This is the earliest known English mention of the bird.]

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

  • n. someone whose style is out of fashion
  • n. extinct heavy flightless bird of Mauritius related to pigeons


Portuguese dodó, alteration of obsolete Dutch dodors : Dutch dot, tuft of feathers + obsolete Dutch ors, tail (from Middle Dutch ærs; see ors- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese doudo, “fool, simpleton, silly, stupid”. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)



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