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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Do"ry
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  1. [Zoöl] A European fish. See Doree, and John Doree.
  2. [Zoöl] The American wall-eyed perch; -- called also doré. See Pike perch.

Etymology: Named from 1st color, fr. F. dorée gilded, fr. dorer to gild, L. deaurare. See Deaurate, and cf. Aureole

noun Do"ry
A small, strong, flat-bottomed rowboat, with sharp prow and flaring sides.
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  1. Marine fishes widely distributed in mid-waters and deep slope waters
  2. Pike-like freshwater perches
  3. A small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
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A dory in Haeska, Lääne County, Estonia
  1. (nautical) A small flat-bottomed boat with pointed or somewhat pointed ends, used for fishing both offshore and on rivers.

Attested in American English of 1709 CE; assumed to be related to Central of Western Indian language, perhaps Miskito.

  1. (nautical) A small flat-bottomed boat with pointed or somewhat pointed ends, used for fishing both offshore and on rivers.
An 1831–1841 pencil and watercolor illustration of the John Dory (Zeus faber) by William MacGillivray, from the collection of the Natural History Museum, London
  1. Any of several different families of large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, laterally compressed, and roughly discoid marine fish.
  2. (obscure, cooking) A dish that has been coated or glazed with a yellow substance or with "almond milk".

From Old French doree, past participle of dorer (“to gild”), from Latin deauratus.

  1. Any of several different families of large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, laterally compressed, and roughly discoid marine fish.
  2. (obscure, cooking) A dish that has been coated or glazed with a yellow substance or with "almond milk".

Borrowing from Ancient Greek δόρυ (dóru).

  1. A wooden pike or spear about three metres (ten feet) in length with a flat, leaf-shaped iron spearhead and a bronze butt-spike (called a sauroter), which was the main weapon of hoplites in Ancient Greece. It was usually not thrown but rather thrust at opponents with one hand.

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1919 5 0 5
    1946 9 9 0
    1947 6 6 0
    1949 5 5 0
    1950 11 11 0
    1951 14 14 0
    1952 24 19 5
    1953 8 8 0
    1954 20 20 0
    1955 25 25 0
    1956 29 23 6
    1957 21 21 0
    1958 16 16 0
    1959 19 19 0
    1960 33 28 5
    1961 25 25 0
    1962 29 29 0
    1963 17 12 5
    1964 41 34 7
    1965 15 15 0
    1966 9 9 0
    1967 18 18 0
    1968 21 16 5
    1969 25 20 5
    1970 35 24 11
    1971 33 27 6
    1972 46 32 14
    1973 20 20 0
    1974 37 27 10
    1975 18 18 0
    1976 28 22 6
    1977 27 27 0
    1978 30 24 6
    1979 18 11 7
    1980 17 17 0
    1981 12 12 0
    1982 11 6 5
    1983 10 10 0
    1984 13 7 6
    1985 18 13 5
    1986 14 9 5
    1987 14 14 0
    1988 9 9 0
    1989 6 6 0
    1990 7 7 0
    1991 13 13 0
    1992 10 10 0
    1993 8 8 0
    1996 7 7 0
    1997 8 8 0
    1998 9 9 0
    1999 9 9 0
    2000 8 8 0
    2001 8 8 0
    2003 12 12 0
    2004 16 16 0
    2005 14 14 0
    2006 13 13 0
    2007 12 12 0
    2008 6 6 0
    2009 8 8 0
    2011 8 8 0
    2016 6 6 0
    2017 8 8 0

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    Ethnicity Dory U.S.
      White 73.07% 64.26%
      African American 21.72% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Dory

    • How Popular is the name Dory? Dory is the 10,230th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dory was the 26,492nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dory have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,051 babies born with the first name Dory in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dory to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dory? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Dory first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dory is Thursday, June 13th, 1872.
    • What year had the most people named Dory born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dory was in 1964 with a total of 34 babies.
    • Random Dory Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dory is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1956.
    • Weird things about the name Dory: Your name in reverse order is Yrod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rdoy. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dory? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 921 people with the last name Dory.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dory? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dory as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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