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  1. any seed or mixture of seeds used for feeding birds.
  2. the seed of a grass, Phalaris canariensis, used as food for birds.
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Origin of birdseed

First recorded in 1830–40; bird + seed
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Examples from the Web for birdseed

Historical Examples of birdseed

  • A few days before Easter, sprinkle the sponge with birdseed.

    Home Occupations for Boys and Girls

    Bertha Johnston

  • These are often sold mixed under the trade name of "birdseed."

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for birdseed


  1. a mixture of various kinds of seeds for feeding cagebirdsAlso called: canary seed
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Word Origin and History for birdseed


1736, from bird (n.1) + seed (n.).

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