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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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Reno and Clavier look slightly uncomfortable conducting their antics in English, and the supporting characters are weakly sketched, including McDowell's doddering wizard and Reid's love interest.
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If the Queen, 81, lives as long as the Queen Mum, then Charles will be in his 80s before the crown is placed on his doddering old bonce.
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Doddering and dishevelled, the Oxford graduate approached his audience at the Gala Theatre in Durham City as a supply teacher with a hangover might approach an unruly class.