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dodder

Chinese medicine
A parasitic growth on plants, the seeds of which are tonic, nutritive and general stimulants. Dodder is used to strengthen the musculoskeletal system, retard ageing and improve vision, and it has been used for impotence, premature ejaculation, urinary frequency and incontinence, diarrhoea, low back pain, pre-senile dementia, prostate problem, threatened abortion, tinnitus, vertigo and blurred vision.

Herbal medicine
European dodder has been used by Western herbalists as a laxative and for renal and hepatic disease.

dodder

see cuscuta.
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Go back to the spring of 2006 when O'Neill was planning his return to management, and recall how he was snubbed by that ludicrous bunch of Werthers Originals-sucking dodderers who interfere with the running of the English game.
But even more kudos to Anders Borg (rightthe visionary Norwegian who brought the Liverpool International to a public park in the city, introduced some of the sport's legendary performers to a virgin audience, and even won over - eventually - the reactionary old dodderers of the LTA
Because viewing the centre of the tennis world for the next two weeks with impeccable eyesight rids the All England Club of its gin-soaked old dodderers image.
The list of those involved in the silly ceremonials showed that it had nothing to do with ordinary Scots - the Earl of This, The Master of That, the High Bobbies, the Royal Company of Ancient Dodderers.
Remember when we used to laugh over the old dodderers arguing in the columns of the Times over who heard the first cuckoo of spring?
It's not his scene because when he leaves Downing Street he plans to be doing something far more beneficial to his bank account than sharing a bench with a shower of arthritic dodderers.
An organisation ridiculed for being hapless, hopeless and, at times, a haven for ditherers, dodderers and men of inaction.
His dynamism was disproportionate to the drones and dodderers he led.
Where did the 12 other points come from when the Scottish League were dispensing alleged justice like one of those old dodderers on the Bench who gives out a life sentence for a parking offence?
Eastbourne is reputed to be a town of pensioners but, while we were there, we saw more attractive young women with pierced navels than old dodderers on walking frames or in wheelchairs.
The one good thing to come out of the unnecessary and embarrassing farce that has given football's enemies a golden excuse to kick the game senseless, is the dodderers who run the show have finally been exposed for what they are.