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

  • n. A small, narrow, flatbottom fishing boat with high sides and a sharp prow.
  • n. John Dory.
  • n. See walleye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular name of the acanthopterygious fish Zeus faber, the type of the family Zeidæ.
  • n. A local name in some parts of the United States and Canada, especially along Lake Michigan, of Stizostedion vitreum, the wall-eyed pikeperch.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An Australian fish, Zeus australis, of the family Zeidæ, the Australasian representative of Zeus faber, the European ‘John-dory.’
  • n. A broad-bodied, rough-scaled, bass-like fish, Histiopterus recurvirostris.

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

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


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

Origin unknown.
Middle English dorre, from Old French doree, from feminine past participle of dorer, to gild, from Late Latin deaurāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin aurum, gold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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



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  • "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

  • Greek Spear.

    July 11, 2008

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

    August 1, 2007

  • a small fishing boat; also walleye

    August 1, 2007