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- n. A material extracted from the mucilaginous sap of the mistletoe and used to make bird lime
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A clear, viscous, tasteless substance extracted from the mucilaginous sap of the mistletoe (Viscum album), holly, etc., and constituting an essential ingredient of birdlime.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sticky substance, one of the components of bird-lime, derived from mistletoe.
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Its most interesting constituent is the "viscin," or bird glue, which is mainly developed by fermentation, and becomes a yellowish, sticky, resinous mass, such as can be used with success as a bird-lime.
(_viscin_), which is yielded to spirit of wine in making a tincture.