- a sticky material prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, and smeared on twigs to catch small birds that light on it.
- to smear with birdlime.
- to catch or capture, as with birdlime: to be birdlimed by flattery.
Origin of birdlime
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Examples from the Web for birdlime
Upon inquiry, however, he found that no birdlime was to be had.The Plant Hunters
He described the merits of deadfalls, snares, steel traps, and birdlime.David and the Phoenix
The hazels are all down, and the hollies pounded into birdlime.
It is the birdlime with which the devil catches many a female and male soul.Gatherings From Spain
The flies seem an Egyptian plague, and get mortised into the oily butter, which holds them like birdlime.Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, Volume XII
- a sticky substance, prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, smeared on twigs to catch small birds
- (tr) to smear (twigs) with birdlime to catch (small birds)
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Word Origin and History for birdlime
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