Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

dodo, extinct bird


a flightless forest-dwelling bird of Mauritius, extinct since the late 17th cent. The dodo was closely related to the two species of solitaire bird, extinct flightless giants found on the other islands in the Mascarene Islands. Although related to the pigeonpigeon,
common name for members of the large family Columbidae, land birds, cosmopolitan in temperate and tropical regions, characterized by stout bodies, short necks, small heads, and thick, heavy plumage.
..... Click the link for more information.
, the dodo was larger than the wild turkey. The plumage was dark gray with a whitish breast, tail, and wings, and the large black bill had a horny terminal cap. The dodo laid only one egg at a time, on the ground. Although the bird's flesh was tough and unpalatable, European sailors and the pigs and rats they brought to Mauritius slaughtered the birds and destroyed its eggs, and it became extinct in roughly 50 years. The dodo appears in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, where it may be the author's surrogate.

Dodo, in the Bible


(dō`dō), in the Bible, father of the mighty man EleazarEleazar
, in the Bible.

1 Son of Aaron.

2 Keeper of the Ark of the Covenant.

3 Mighty man of David.

4 Man in the genealogy in the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
..... Click the link for more information.
. An alternate form is Dodai.


A rectangular groove cut across the grain of a board.
(vertebrate zoology)
Raphus calcullatus. A large, flightless, extinct bird of the family Raphidae.


large, flightless bird exterminated on Mauritius. [Ecology: Wallechinsky, 131]


any flightless bird, esp Raphus cucullatus, of the recently extinct family Raphidae of Mauritius and adjacent islands: order Columbiformes (pigeons, etc.). They had a hooked bill, short stout legs, and greyish plumage
References in periodicals archive ?
Beth Shapiro of Oxford University (UK) and The Pennsylvania State University (USA) collected, in cooperation with the staff of the Mauritius Museums Council, additional samples from previous excavations on Mauritius for ancient DNA studies, including a sample of the one-and-only entirely complete skeleton of the dodo exhibited at the Natural History Museum of Mauritius.
And much to the delight of everyone, or at least me, the staff revealed that a group of scientists in London are currently attempting to clone a Dodo from DNA that was discovered on the island.
From the side of the pool Dodo watches, and cheers.
It is dark and stark but there is a grand magnificence about the oddly marked oval of unearthliness taking pride of place between the dinosaur footprints, dodo bones and towering moa skeleton.
Dodo will spend a fortnight at United on a trip that will also see him go to the Champions League final as a special guest before putting pen to paper.
Dodo Modern poets will be performing at the Stable Door Restaurant and Wine Bar in Laugharne on Friday and Saturday, March 14/ 15.
He is survived by his wife Dodo and his two sons, Nicholas and Mark.
The thought struck me that these wheel changers are soon to follow the dear old Dodo.
Dodo scored a late goal for the home side, but the Bundesliga side took the points.
LAGOS, NIGERIA * Bishop George Dodo of Zaria, Nigeria, condemned the improvised explosive device detonated by a suspected Boko Haram insurgent who killed at least 24 government workers July 7.
Under the leadership of new owner and CEO Michael Dodo, West Central is now serving some of the biggest food and catering services, hotels, sports arenas, businesses, schools, grocery stores, markets and restaurants across Southern California.
We love oMOVIES THE EQUALIZER Friday, Sky Movies Premiere, 8pm PREMIERE Back in my youth, when the dodo wasn't yet extinct, The Equalizer was a top drawer TV series starring the late Edward Woodward.