from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sticky substance that is smeared on branches or twigs to capture small birds.
  • noun Something that captures or ensnares.
  • transitive verb To smear with birdlime.
  • transitive verb To catch with or as if with birdlime.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A viscous substance prepared from the inner bark of the holly, Ilex Aquifolium, used for entangling small birds in order to capture them, twigs being smeared with it at places where birds resort or are likely to alight.
  • To smear with birdlime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An extremely adhesive viscid substance, usually made of the middle bark of the holly, by boiling, fermenting, and cleansing it. When a twig is smeared with this substance it will hold small birds which may light upon it. Hence: Anything which insnares.
  • transitive verb To smear with birdlime; to catch with birdlime; to insnare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sticky substance smeared on branches to catch birds.
  • noun rhyming slang Time; a jail term.
  • verb transitive to add birdlime to

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
  • noun a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bird + lime.



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