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

Origin of birdseed

First recorded in 1830–40; bird + seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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