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dodo,

a flightless forest-dwelling bird of Mauritius, extinct since the late 17th cent. The dodo was closely related to the Rodrigues solitaire, extinct flightless giant found on another island in the Mascarene Islands. Although a member of 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.
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 family, 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

(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. 5 One of the chief martyrs in the Maccabean period.
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. An alternate form is Dodai.

dodo

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

dodo

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

dodo

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
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I don't mean to treat Dodo ill; but, you know, I've got such a quick temper.
And you have taken Dodo away from all the friends he ever had, and now he has not a creature to love him;--nobody can be good that way.
At any rate," she said, "dear Cousin, do love poor Dodo, and be kind to him, for my sake
Righetti's Jimmy Dodos led off with a line drive that looked like a home run that would have tied the game 1-1.
Players will experience an extraordinary freedom of movement; traveling between and within the various duchies, countries, baronies and fortresses of Ganareth will be improved by efficient, simple and original means of transportation such as dragons or dodos.
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Since its world premiere at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, FLOCK OF DODOS has been delighting theater audiences with its humor and intelligence.
The introduction of a nonindigenous species, the pig, meant that the dodos were dramatically replaced by a more successful forager.
In a 6 to 4 vote on February 13, driven by school board members featured in FLOCK OF DODOS, the new board ousted the pro-intelligent design standards approved by the previous board.
They were discovered in swampland on Mauritius where dodos became extinct in the 1680s.
Zoologist Dr Julian Hume, from the Natural History Museum in London, said: "The discovery is of huge importance and will give us a new understanding of how dodos lived.
Breckley worked out of the ensuing bases-loaded jam by getting Jimmy Dodos to pop out.