dero

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Etymology 1[edit]

From derelict.

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dero (plural deros)

  1. (Australia) A homeless person, a tramp; a social derelict.
    • 2001 August 11, warfer69, “I bought the 60 warfer”, rec.models.rc.helicopter, Usenet:
      If some shabby looking “dero” turns up at the gate no need to call the cops, its me.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From detrimental robots. Invented by Richard Shaver and first published in "I Remember Lemuria!" in Amazing Stories, March 1945.

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Noun[edit]

dero (plural deros)

  1. Underground subhumans who kidnap humans for torture and food.
    • 1948 (2007), Richard S. Shaver, I Remember Lemuria and The return of Sathanas, page 84
      No laughing matter now, these ugly dwarfs! They were dero, children of dero, enslaved in some manner by the derodite master who sought the death of all Mu!
    • 1987, Martin Gardner, Riddles of the sphinx, and other mathematical puzzle tales, Mathematical Association of America, ISBN 0883856336, page 62 (originally published Isaac Asimov's science fiction magazine, Volume 10)
      They were supposed to be wicked creatures who lived underground, as described in Richard Shaver's notorious SF tales of the late forties. I had always assumed that Shaver's stories were pure fiction, yet here I was, talking to a dero!
    • 2000, Harold A. Skaarup, Visitors: Questions & Answers, ISBN 0595133282,page 253
      Teros. A term describing various human groups who inhabit the cavern systems and who have reestablished antediluvian cities beneath the North American continent. Many of these may be descended from older civilizations such as ancient native Americans who went underground hundreds and or[sic] thousands of years ago. They also refer to the 'Dero' which apparently consist of Draconian elements (Evadamic).
    • 2011, David Halperin, Journal of a UFO Investigator, ISBN 0670022454
      “The dero caves are not a joke,” Rochelle said. “Richard Shaver's welding gun—or whatever was talking to him—was telling him the truth. Mostly the truth anyway.”

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