Definition of "birdlime" [bird•lime]

  • (noun) A sticky substance that is smeared on branches or twigs to capture small birds.
  • (noun) Something that captures or ensnares.
  • (verb-transitive) To smear with birdlime.
  • (verb-transitive) To catch with or as if with birdlime.

Use "birdlime" in a sentence

  • "It is asserted by some to possess properties fully equal to those of the I. aquifolium of Europe, the inner bark of which also yields a viscid substance called birdlime; its leaves are esteemed as a diaphoretic in the form of infusion; employed in catarrh, pleurisy, small-pox, etc."
  • "The common kind of birdlime readily loses its tenacious quality when long exposed to the air, and particularly when subjected to moisture; but it may be rendered capable of sustaining the action of water by the following"
  • "_Lime-twigs_ = snares; in allusion to the practice of catching birds by means of twigs smeared with a viscous substance (called on that account 'birdlime')."

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