ducdame

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A nonsense word from a song in William Shakespeare's As You Like It. It is defined by the singer as "a Greek invocation, to draw fools into a circle". Possibly derived from Welsh; compare dewch (come (imperative plural)), mi (I, me).

Interjection[edit]

ducdame

  1. An invocation to draw fools into a circle.
    • William Shakespeare. As You Like It. Act 2, Scene 5:
      If it do come to pass
      That any man turn ass,
      Leaving his wealth and ease,
      A stubborn will to please,
      Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame:
      Here shall he see
      Gross fools as he,
      An if he will come to me.