birdlime

[ burd-lahym ]
/ ˈbɜrdˌlaɪm /

noun

a sticky material prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, and smeared on twigs to catch small birds that light on it.

verb (used with object), bird·limed, bird·lim·ing.

to smear with birdlime.
to catch or capture, as with birdlime: to be birdlimed by flattery.

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Origin of birdlime

First recorded in 1400–50, birdlime is from the late Middle English word brydelyme.See bird, lime1
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British Dictionary definitions for birdlime

birdlime
/ (ˈbɜːdˌlaɪm) /

noun

a sticky substance, prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, smeared on twigs to catch small birds

verb

(tr) to smear (twigs) with birdlime to catch (small birds)
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