Origin: prob. < ME dodden, to cut off; ? infl. by dodder
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- Botany Lacking the top branches as a result of age or decay.
- Infirm; feeble.
Origin: Probably alteration of dodded, past participle of dialectal dod, to lop off, from Middle English dodden, perhaps from dodde, a measure of grain.