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.
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How to use birdlime in a sentence
In effect both father and son became fast to the birdlime figure, when they were stung to death by ten thousand bees.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
Yet this is that wherewith the world is taken, and runs mad to gaze on—clothes and titles, the birdlime of fools.Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter | Ben Jonson
Such was Biddy Tibs; and, though possessed of no mean wealth, her avarice clung like birdlime to her.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II | Various
The former consists of shavings from old documents, and the latter of birdlime for new converts.
It is the birdlime with which the devil catches many a female and male soul.Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford
British Dictionary definitions for birdlime
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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