Definition of birdlime in English:


Syllabification: bird·lime
Pronunciation: /ˈbərdˌlīm


  • A sticky substance spread on twigs to trap small birds.
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    • I learn from the notes on my copy of Aesop's Fables that the ancient Greeks caught birds with ixos (‘birdlime’), a sticky substance usually made from crushed mistletoe berries, or sometimes from oak-gum or similar.
    • Oh, what unutterable corruption sticks, like birdlime, to all our motives, all our thoughts, all our words, all our actions!
    • Sulphur, along with charcoal and birdlime, was a principal component of 16th century gunpowder, and a method of producing it from copperas stones was discovered in 1570.


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  • 1Spread with birdlime: he birdlimed the branch
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    • Each family group sets off into the hills with its trap - a bamboo cane with the birdlimed twigs fixed at the top, looking much like a sticky umbrella - and a sack to put the birds in.
    • Willow tucked up the long chiffon skirt and perched on the moldering birdlimed wall.
    • Sadly, birdliming continues to be practised in some countries.
  • 1.1Catch or trap with birdlime.
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    • He would employ techniques such as birdliming, trapping, and snaring, and shooting.
    • Sadly, birdliming continues to be practised in some countries.

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