A sticky substance spread on to twigs to trap small birds.
- 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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