Definitions

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  • n. A twig used for catching birds that is smeared with birdlime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A twig smeared with bird-lime; hence, that which catches; a snare; a beguiling trick or device.

Etymologies

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Used in English around the 15th century. Compound of lime and twig, with lime referring to birdlime.

Examples

  • An ant catching its feet on the miniature lime-twig, at first raises one foot after another and draws it through its mouth, hoping to rid it of the sticky stuff, but only with the result of gluing up its head and other parts of the body.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • I think I could say something about him myself -- but Lord bless me -- these "merchants and their spicy drugs" which are so harmonious to sing of, they lime-twig up my poor soul and body, till I shall forget I ever thought myself a bit of a genius!

    The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb — Volume 5 The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb

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