From Middle High German toter, tuter, from Old High German totoro, tutaro. The modern consonantism is influenced by dialectal forms with re-voiced or originally unshifted d- (compare Middle Low German dōder). Cognate with Dutch dooier and probably with Old English þoþor (“ball, globe”).
Dotter m, n (genitive Dotters, plural Dotter)
- Dotter is used most often in a biological context. It can also be culinary, but for that Eigelb is more common.
- Several German dictionaries only mention the masculine gender (e.g. Adelungs' dictionary and the Grimms' Deutsches Wörterbuch) or label the neuter gender colloquial (e.g. Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache)
- Dotter in Duden online