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adjective, lim·i·er, lim·i·est.
  1. consisting of, containing, or like lime.
  2. smeared with birdlime.
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Origin of limy

First recorded in 1545–55; lime1 + -y1
Related formslim·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of limy

  • These eggs are about the size of those of a goose, and are covered with a limy shell.

    The World and Its People: Book VII

    Anna B. Badlam

  • It has special adaptation for being grown on calcareous or limy soils.

  • Like stivalis, Bicolor does not thrive on limy soils and it is difficult to propagate from cuttings.

  • These rocks preserve, by the fossils they contain, a great variety of shellfish which had limy skeletons.

  • These limy fossils might not be seen at all, were they not bedded in shales, which are very fine-grained.

British Dictionary definitions for limy


adjective limier or limiest
  1. of, like, or smeared with birdlime
  2. containing or characterized by the presence of lime
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Derived Formsliminess, noun


adjective limier or limiest
  1. of or tasting of lime (the fruit)
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Word Origin and History for limy


resembling or coated with lime, 1550s, from lime (n.1) + -y (2).

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