Definition of dodo
noun (plural dodos or dodoes)
- an extinct flightless bird with a stout body, stumpy wings, a large head, and a heavy hooked bill. It was found on Mauritius until the end of the 17th century.
- Raphus cucullatus, family Raphidae. See also solitaire (sense 3)
early 17th century: from Portuguese doudo 'simpleton' (because the bird had no fear of man and was easily killed). Compare with dotterel