from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spiny evergreen shrub or tree (Citrus aurantifolia), native to Asia and having leathery leaves, fragrant white flowers, and edible fruit.
  • n. The egg-shaped fruit of this plant, having a green rind and acid juice used as flavoring.
  • n. See linden.
  • n. See calcium oxide.
  • n. Any of various mineral and industrial forms of calcium oxide differing chiefly in water content and percentage of constituents such as silica, alumina, and iron. Also called quicklime.
  • n. Birdlime.
  • transitive v. To treat with lime.
  • transitive v. To smear with birdlime.
  • transitive v. To catch or snare with or as if with birdlime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A green citrus fruit, somewhat smaller and sharper-tasting than a lemon.
  • n. Any of the trees that bear limes, especially Citrus aurantiifolia.
  • n. A light, somewhat yellowish, green colour associated with the fruits of a lime tree.
  • adj. Containing lime or lime juice.
  • adj. Having the aroma or flavor of lime.
  • adj. Lime-green.
  • n. A general term for inorganic materials containing calcium, usually calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide; quicklime.
  • n. Any gluey or adhesive substance; something which traps or captures someone; sometimes a synonym for birdlime.
  • v. To treat with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide (lime).
  • v. To smear with birdlime.
  • v. To apply limewash
  • n. A deciduous tree of the genus Tilia, especially Tilia × europaea; the linden tree, or its wood.
  • n. A fan fiction story that stops short of full, explicit descriptions of sexual activity; a story characterized by PG-13 level explicitness; or one that approaches an intimate scene, and then goes "off-camera", with the intimacy left to the reader's imagination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having a yellowish-green color like that of the lime (the fruit).
  • n. A thong by which a dog is led; a leash.
  • n. The linden tree. See linden.
  • n. The fruit of the Citrus aurantifolia, allied to the lemon, but greener in color; also, the tree which bears it.
  • n. The color of the lime{1}, a yellowish-green.
  • n. Birdlime.
  • n. Oxide of calcium, CaO; the white or gray, caustic substance, usually called quicklime, obtained by calcining limestone or shells, the heat driving off carbon dioxide and leaving lime. It develops great heat when treated with water, forming slaked lime, and is an essential ingredient of cement, plastering, mortar, etc.
  • transitive v. To smear with a viscous substance, as birdlime.
  • transitive v. To entangle; to insnare.
  • transitive v. To treat with lime, or oxide or hydrate of calcium; to manure with lime
  • transitive v. To cement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To smear with a viscous substance for the purpose of catching birds.
  • Hence To entangle; insnare; encumber.
  • To apply lime to; in a special use, to manure with lime, as soil; throw lime into, as a pond or stream, to kill the fish in it.
  • To sprinkle with slaked lime, as a floor; treat with lime; in leather manufacturing, to steep (hides) in a solution of lime in order to remove the hair.
  • To cement.
  • n. A tree of the genus Tilia, natural order Tiliaceæ; the linden.
  • Of or pertaining to the tree so called.
  • To file; polish.
  • n. Any viscous substance; especially, a viscous substance laid on twigs for catching birds; bird-lime.
  • n. An alkaline earth of great economic importance.
  • n. A tree, a variety of Citrus Medica.
  • n. The fruit of the lime-tree.
  • n. A cord for leading a dog; a leash. Hence limer, limmer, limehound.
  • n. Limit; end.
  • n. In leather manufacturing, a vat containing a solution of lime for unhairing skins.
  • n. Citrus Australasica, a small tree of eastern Australia, bearing slender thorns, and ellipsoid or almost cylindrical fruits, 2–4 inches long, tasting like lemons.
  • n. The finger-lime;
  • n. An evergreen tree, Citrus australis, which reaches a height of from 30 to 50 feet and bears globular, acid fruits about the size of walnuts. Its beautiful light-yellow wood is hard, close-grained, and takes a high polish. Called also native orange.

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

  • n. a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide
  • n. a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds
  • n. a caustic substance produced by heating limestone
  • n. the green acidic fruit of any of various lime trees
  • n. any of various related trees bearing limes
  • v. cover with lime so as to induce growth
  • v. spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
  • n. any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber


Probably French from Spanish lima, from Arabic līma, līm, probably from līmūn, lemon; see lemon.
Alteration of Middle English lind, line, from Old English lind.
Middle English lim, from Old English līm, birdlime; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English līm, from Proto-Germanic *līmaz. Cognate with Danish lim (from Old Norse lím), Dutch lijm, German Leim; Latin limus ("mud"). (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from limer. (Wiktionary)
From lime (the fruit) as comparable to lemon (a more explicit rating in anime). (Wiktionary)



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  • Emil asleep, Hannah peels a lime.

    October 18, 2008

  • The mineral is also known as "quicklime," I believe.

    August 25, 2008

  • I love lime pickle almost as much as I love ceviche. They're completely different though; perhaps I'm thinking of a different lime pickle.

    Ceviche... I ate it seven times in five days in Lima.

    January 20, 2008

  • Ceviche,si. British sailors, I'll take a pass on. (And what a difference a preposition could make, no?)

    January 20, 2008

  • Oh god, you mentioned ceviche. Oh, how I love ceviche...

    January 20, 2008

  • I'm just hoping they don't taste like British sailors.

    January 20, 2008

  • I'm no pickler, but Ceviche is pickled in lime juice, sort of. As Asativum says, there's also this.

    January 20, 2008

  • Thanks reesetee! That is odd. I assume they'd taste limey, but I haven't the faintest what that would mean.

    January 20, 2008

  • There seem to be two kinds of lime pickles. What are usually called lime pickles are simply flavored with the citrus fruit, but another type is apparently made by soaking in a solution of the mineral rather than in brine. Odd, huh? Wonder what they taste like?

    January 20, 2008

  • Does that mean soaking them in citrus juice, or lime water, the solution uncommonly known as Ca(OH)2? Or calcium oxide? Help! Is there a pickler in the house? Where's Peter Piper when you need him?

    January 19, 2008

  • Lime pickles are soaked (of course) in lime rather than salt brine.

    January 19, 2008