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birdlime


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Birdlime  \Bird"lime`\,  n.  [Bird  +  lime  viscous  substance.] 
  An  extremely  adhesive  viscid  substance,  usually  made  of  the 
  middle  bark  of  the  holly,  by  boiling,  fermenting,  and 
  cleansing  it  When  a  twig  is  smeared  with  this  substance  it 
  will  hold  small  birds  which  may  light  upon  it  Hence: 
  Anything  which  insnares 
 
  Not  birdlime  or  Idean  pitch  produce  A  more  tenacious 
  mass  of  clammy  juice.  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  Birdlime  is  also  made  from  mistletoe,  elder,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Birdlime  \Bird"lime`\,  v.  t. 
  To  smear  with  birdlime;  to  catch  with  birdlime;  to  insnare. 
 
  When  the  heart  is  thus  birdlimed,  then  it  cleaves  to 
  everything  it  meets  with  --Coodwin. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  birdlime 
  n  :  a  sticky  adhesive  that  is  smeared  on  small  branches  to 
  capture  small  birds  [syn:  {lime}] 
  v  1:  spread  birdlime  on  branches  to  catch  birds  [syn:  {lime}] 
  2:  smear  birdlime  on  twigs  in  order  to  catch  birds 




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