To cut a dido, to play a trick; to cut a caper; -- perhaps so called from the trick of Dido, who having bought so much land as a hide would cover, is said to have cut it into thin strips long enough to inclose a spot for a citadel.
Di*do"ni*a(?), n. [NL. So called in allusion to the classical story of Dido and the bull's hide.] (Geom.) The curve which on a given surface and with a given perimeter contains the greatest area. Tait.
Di*drach"ma(?), } n. [Gr. ; di- = di`s- twice + a drachm.] A two-drachma piece; an ancient Greek silver coin, worth nearly forty cents.
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