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limy

[lahy-mee]
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adjective, lim·i·er, lim·i·est.
  1. consisting of, containing, or like lime.
  2. smeared with birdlime.

Origin of limy

First recorded in 1545–55; lime1 + -y1
Related formslim·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for limy

Historical Examples

  • These eggs are about the size of those of a goose, and are covered with a limy shell.

    The World and Its People: Book VII

    Anna B. Badlam

  • It has special adaptation for being grown on calcareous or limy soils.

  • Like stivalis, Bicolor does not thrive on limy soils and it is difficult to propagate from cuttings.

  • These rocks preserve, by the fossils they contain, a great variety of shellfish which had limy skeletons.

  • These limy fossils might not be seen at all, were they not bedded in shales, which are very fine-grained.


British Dictionary definitions for limy

limy1

adjective limier or limiest
  1. of, like, or smeared with birdlime
  2. containing or characterized by the presence of lime
Derived Formsliminess, noun

limy2

adjective limier or limiest
  1. of or tasting of lime (the fruit)
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Word Origin and History for limy

adj.

resembling or coated with lime, 1550s, from lime (n.1) + -y (2).

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