Meaning of “dodo” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"dodo" in British English

See all translations

dodonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdəʊ.dəʊ/ us /ˈdoʊ.doʊ/ plural dodos

Examples from literature

  • It is as fabulous as the dodo, the salamander, or the phoenix. 
  • Its carnivorous enemies among the lower animals, would have cut short the existence of the dodo, even if man had never planted his conquering footsteps upon that island. 
  • The dodo of Mauritius was exterminated by swine, whose bipedal descendants have exterminated many other species since that time. 
  • There can be no doubt that the dodo was one of those instances, well known to naturalists, of a species, or part of a species, remaining permanently in an undeveloped state. 
  • With our own experience—and that is somewhat extensive—of sailors in general, and Dutch ones in particular, we must infer that these dodos were very, very fat, indeed. 

(Definition of “dodo” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)